You will doubtless think me naïve, but there was a time, when I was young (ie until I was about 30), when I assumed that politicians who were older than I and ran parties and governments had the wisdom that went with experience and could be be entrustedContinue reading

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So here’s the thing, and it worries me. The media are raving about the performance of Nicola Sturgeon in Thursday’s televised party leader debate. “Woman who now holds all the Aces” shouted the Daily Mail, “Sturgeon Triumph has Labour in Turmoil”, asserted The Times. It took the FT front page to remind us that theContinue reading

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The absolutely worst aspect about tonight’s debate, the moments when my family had to sit on me to stop me throwing things at the television, were having to listen to Miliband’s saccharine-laden pocket-sized party political broadcasts that rarely bore any relation to the discussion around him. Instead of responding to his fellow panelists and clearlyContinue reading

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It’s a bit like handing Labour, UKIP and the SNP loaded guns and giving them strict instructions to take aim at a single target like, for instance, the Tory party. And then laughing yourself sick as they point it at their feet and let fly. Every day brings fresh disasters for UKIP: Racism, channeling EUContinue reading

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There were a brief few days after the publication of the King’s Fund in early February – when the independent quarterly report stated clearly that Labour was “crying wolf” with “ill-founded” claims about the NHS being privatised – that we were spared the relentless drone of misinformation about the health service from Labour. With nothingContinue reading

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The BBC alone lost 4 million viewers on Sunday over the cancellation of a single Top Gear program, never mind the overseas viewers of now binned future programmes – a staggeringly wanton squandering of our license-fee. But the did-he-or-didn’t-he-hit-Oisin-Tymon saga is about far more than a bunch of BBC executives having the right to proveContinue reading

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What’s the difference between Jeremy Clarkson and Nigel Farage? On the one hand quite a lot, on the other not so much. One turns political incorrectness into a highly popular comedy act and gets sacked by his employers for his efforts and the other turns political incorrectness into a campaign act and becomes one ofContinue reading

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“Better Plan for a Better Future” – catchy, right? Well, maybe, but as far as Labour (who claim the slogan) is concerned it’s a beautifully centred own goal. Where have you seen it before? Yup, something almost identical is headlining the Conservative Party website and Top 10 Tory slogans for over a year. And toContinue reading

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So now we have it. It’s official. Yet again Labour’s brazen hypocrisy over immigration is cruelly confirmed. During Tony’s Blair’s period in office immigration ballooned to 3.6 million people over 13 years, according to Migration Watch UK, an independent and non-political organization. That’s the equivalent of the combined sizes of Britain’s five largest cities outsideContinue reading

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So Balls is a “long, slow burn” in the bedroom department. The man who would be Chancellor of the Exchequer, balancing the UK’s books, ramping up our borrowing on the international stage, addressing parliament twice a year for a couple of hours as he explains his plans for Britain’s economy and takes searching questions…is slowContinue reading

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Within a week he attacks rich party donors for tax avoidance only to discover his own party is as guilty as the Tories of having their fingers in the honey pot. Then he demands MPs give up second jobs in case they conflict with their parliamentary duties, only to discover that not only are hisContinue reading

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First Miliband forgets to mention the gaping deficit and immigration, created and facilitated by New Labour, at the party conference; then Balls confesses to a senior moment with the name of one of his party’s major donors. Yes, that’s the same Miliband who forgot to register the birth of his eldest son until he wasContinue reading

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Yet another astonishing piece of dissembling from Miliband suggesting that a Conservative referendum on the EU would damage British business far more than his own anti-business rants. Firstly, even if opinion polls suggest a close run thing, I would bet your Mansion tax on the outcome. We will stay in the EU because, quite rightly,Continue reading

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Much as one tries to avoid reading the Guardian for blood pressure reasons, it is occasionally cross-referenced by other media outlets and becomes unavoidable. But it really isn’t healthy. Some of the cleverest writers provide some extraordinary drivel. Polly Toynbee, the conscience of Britain, rides a predictable wave of hatred against “party donors with SwissContinue reading

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“Dodgy donors, dodgy PM”.  That rings a bell. Of course, a deployment of the already successfully tested adjective used to describe Tony Blair’s file on Saddam’s WMD, based on faked evidence and sold to the British public as a reason for starting a war that we’re still fighting 12 years later. The “Dodgy Dossier” hadContinue reading

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Poor Stuart Broad, the England batsman and seam bowler, having to apologise for tweeting that if you earned the minimum wage in England you were in the world’s top 10% of earners – but he’s correct. Harangued by his Twitter followers and the thought police for daring, as a sports millionaire, to comment on suchContinue reading

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