There’s been some complacency and some crowing today as economic growth was revised up from 0.5% to 0.6% for the last quarter, yet don’t be fooled. The impact of Osborne’s economic policies is stark – growth in the year since his spending review is just ONE SIXTH of the growth acheived in the 12 months beforehand. Labour achieved 3% growth, Osborne has achieved just 0.5%.
The Mayor of London has a reputation for eccentricity: whether it’s getting stuck on a zipwire, or conspiring to get journalists beaten up, or his aspirations to be prime minister, his odd character traits are well known. His latest stunt will likely stick in the mind, as he produced an actual brick from under the lectern mid-way through his speech to the main hall of the Conservatives’ Conference. He then waved the brick about, and proceeded to talk about in a style […]Read more →
“Hi, come on in. Sorry to keep you waiting but we’ve had quite a few of these interviews to get through…It’s Ed, isn’t it? Let me introduce everyone – we’re the British people. I understand you’ve met quite a few of us already. Do you have a copy of your CV to hand?…No, that’s fine, everyone forgets things. I think we have one here…yes, that’s all very impressive. What about in your spare time? It says here you like walks […]Read more →
Backbench Tory MPs are privately despairing at George Osborne’s speech to Tory Conference yesterday. The Chancellor’s announcement that he plans to freeze all benefits for working-age people, amounting to a real-terms cut, has dismayed Conservative’s who are concerned with their party’s image among the working class. According to today’s Times (£), Tory MPs are unhappy that in-work benefits will be hit as hard as jobseeker’s allowance, sending out a message that it doesn’t pay to work. The Times reports: A Tory […]Read more →
Lunchtime yesterday, eleven days on from the Scottish referendum, I found myself back on a street corner talking politics. And although the break-up of the UK wasn’t on people’s lips, some of the issues in the centre of Middleton were the same. A frustration about politics, worries about public services and a sense that in hard times people want a sense of a fairer, more prosperous future. I was in Heywood and Middleton to support Labour’s parliamentary candidate Liz McInnes. […]Read more →
Shock and dismay were the order of the day on Sunday at Tory conference, as Lord Ashcroft revealed his latest “mega-poll”. His conclusion was that Labour would win a “comfortable majority”. Cue despair and incredulity from Tories, and delight and incredulity from Labour supporters. After last week’s Labour conference (certainly the flattest in recent years, at least until the final day) Labour members and activists were feeling understandably downbeat – especially following the Ed Balls hammerblow last Monday. But the Ashcroft […]Read more →