Category Archives: Elections
During the years since 1997 the motorist, all 28 million of us have been used as a cash cow for Gordon Brown’s profligate spending with the ever increasing cost of fuel, speed and traffic cameras and Green Tax lies to try and extort still more money from the motoring public. From Brown’s first budget the cost of petrol and diesel has risen inexorably with the largest portion of the price of a litre of unleaded being tax; tax that we they pay VAT on!
Speed cameras spread like fleas on a hedgehog and quickly became a source of revenue, not a safety measure.
At the beginning of November the motorist and democracy were hit again when Brown changed the rules so that if you are found not guilty of a motoring offence you still have to pay the costs.
The chart from whatgas.com shows Labour’s poll rating against the price of a litre of unleaded, petrol was at it’s most expensive in July 2008, this is when the Conservatives had their biggest poll leads.
Several national newspapers have been predicting that unleaded will be £1.25 per litre at the time of the General Election.
Brown and Labour would do well to remember that 28 million of us own cars and we are fed up of being ripped off by Labour.
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has warned Chancellor Alistair Darling that he cannot afford pre-election sweeteners as there is no money.
The latest set of figures show October to be the worst month for public finances since records began 35 years ago. The budget deficit for October 2009 was £11 billion and national debt is now 60% of GDP. The deficit for the fiscal year 2009 – 2010 is likely to top £175 billion which blows the Governments financial predictions for the year to shreds, once again.
In the last year Government borrowing has almost doubled, tax receipts are falling and spending on unemployment benefit is rising.
If that is not bad enough the Bank of England reports that for the eighth month in a row, bank lending to business is still contracting. What happened to pumping money into the banks and the banks lending money to spark growth.
The OECD has another grim warning that cutting expenditure and increasing taxes will stifle growth.
With their heads firmly in the sand the Government are continuing to spend money at an ever-increasing rate and nowhere in the Queens Speech was there mention of spending cuts. Apart from a politically motivated law to force any government to cut the debt by 2014, not a word.
Then there are the rumours in Westminster of Labour pursuing a scorched earth policy to make life difficult for any Conservative Government.
By Tory Aardvark
This is a Conservative Election poster from 1909 predicting what would happen if the then relatively new ideology of Socialism were to take hold in the United Kingdom.
Move on 20 years to the 1929 General Election.
80 years later the prediction has come true; dont forget Labour has told local councils to come and inspect every inch of your home so they can charge you more for having a patio, a nice garden or a nice view. With 20% of all council tax now paying for gold plated pensions for non jobbers, it’s nice to know we will all have less disposable income to support diversity officers and street football co-ordinators.
Full marks to the Conservative election strategists of 1929, they had the foresight to see the insidious danger than socialism poses to any free society.
By Tory Aardvark
MP’s behaviour after the Expensesgate scandal has been widely perceived as “completely out of touch” with the public mood, their laughable attempts to clean up their act with Gordon Brown’s failed legislation, have done nothing to improve the low esteem the public have for their MP’s.
Many of the most popular blogs now have more readers than some of the Daily papers. Blogs share one thing in common with a newspaper, you want to attract readers, which means the content of your blog has to either reflect the public mood or attack it head on. Either way you must be in touch with your readers.
Which leads me neatly to the point of this, bloggers are more in touch with the public by virtue of their job which should make them better MP’s and less likely to indulge in troughing, or lock the doors to the ivory tower and ignore the public mood.
This must surely be a good thing for rebuilding public trust in the “Mother of All Parliaments”
By Tory Aardvark
William Hague is probably the greatest parliamentary orator since Winston Churchill, his speeches not only get his message over, they can be very funny as well.
Yesterday at the Conservative Party conference was no different; from yesteday’s speech here is the list of Labour failures during their time in Government:
- £22,500 of debt for every child born in Britain
- 111 tax rises from a government that promised no tax rises at all
- The longest national tax code in the world
- 100,000 million pounds drained from British pension funds
- Gun crime up by 57%
- Violent crime up 70%
- The highest proportion of children living in workless households anywhere in Europe
- The number of pensioners living in poverty up by 100,000
- The lowest level of social mobility in the developed world
- The only G7 country with no growth this year
- One in six young people neither earning nor learning
- 5 million people on out-of –work benefits
- Missing the target of halving child poverty
- Ending up with child poverty rising in each of the last three years instead
- Cancer survival rates among the worst in Europe
- Hospital-acquired infections killing nearly three times as many people as are killed on the roads
- Falling from 4th to 13th in the world competitiveness league
- Falling from 8th to 24th in the world education rankings in maths
- Falling from 7th to 17th in the rankings in literacy
- The police spending more time on paperwork than on the beat
- Fatal stabbings at an all-time high
- Prisoners released without serving their sentences
- Foreign prisoners released and never deported
- 7 million people without an NHS dentist
- Small business taxes going up
- Business taxes raised from among the lowest to among the highest in Europe
- Tax rises for working people set for after the election
- The 10p tax rate abolished
- And the ludicrous promise to have ended boom and bust
- Our gold reserves sold for a quarter of their worth
- Our armed forces overstretched and under-supplied
- Profitable post offices closed against their will
- One of the highest rates of family breakdown in Europe
- The ‘Golden Rule’ on borrowing abandoned when it didn’t fit
- Police inspectors in 10,Downing Street
- Dossiers that were dodgy
- Mandelson resigning the first time
- Mandelson resigning the second time
- Mandelson coming back for a third time
- Bad news buried
- Personal details lost
- An election bottled
- A referendum denied
By Tory Aardvark
When the Sun dumped Labour in favour of the Conservatives this week, much was made of the waning impact of news papers on political campaigns. The Conservatives expressed delight at the switch, but played down the overall impact it would have. Newly returned spinmeister Alastair Campbell followed the same line, albeit a bit late, as Mandelson’s “bunch of chumps” had long bolted the stable. So we will have to wait until the GE to find out if the newspapers carry the same influence as they did in 1997.
There are an impressive array of web sites being assembled for the coming battle; Labour has almost adopted Twitter as it’s own. Cynics would say that the 140 characters is all the Labour message can support. Facebook and You Tube also feature prominently in both sides “e-aresenals”.
The “blogosphere” is reckoned by one and all to be extremely important, political blogs like Guido and Iain Dale have more readers than some national dally papers and cause news stories from their blogging.
Our own experience from contributing to various discussion forums and public blogs is of a concerted and standard drive from Labour supporters that take the form of childish smears and name calling, followed by selective reporting of facts, or maybe they are not bright enough to assimilate information correctly?
It’s always the same misinformation and continual fear references to Lady Thatcher.
So we thought we would start our own investigation and we are busily collecting pro Labour posts (not an easy task) and then they are going to be computer analysed so we can publish the top ten propaganda lies and the top ten repetitive statements.
Should be interesting