Manifestos – The Labour Party

Well, that ‘s the first big one out of the way. Ed Miliband yesterday launched his plan to make him President Prime Minister…

To be fair, it was a fairly impressive performance even if he was using an autocue, but I did feel it went downhill a little when he went of script to take questions. Plus the three interviews that Ed Balls gave on breakfast telly of all flavours lacked any sort of such panache.

But back to the Labour manifesto. I actually take the time to read these things which probably means I’m a little sad and short of things to do – but I have an interest in politics and like to give a fair shake to all colours of the political spectrum.

To me, the whole thing banged on about the same old dross that the Labour Party has been banging on about for the last 100 years – namely redistribution of wealth, taxing the rich, slagging off the Conservative Party and standing up for the good old downtrodden working classes. I was particularly impressed my Martin Daubney who was reviewing the papers on Sky News this morning and was given the chance to tackle Ed Balls. He said that he was a working class miners son who was born Labour and would probably die Labour, but no he had done well for himself he felt that Labour had rebranded him and that he was going to be victimised by Labours tax the rich policies. He has a good point. He’s no longer ‘working class’ but then these days not many people are, are they?

Miliband made much of being trusted with the economy, but when question refused to answer direct questions on tax and spend, as Balls had done earlier in the day. He wants to restore the 10p lower rate tax band but ignores the fact the allowance increase to £10,000 has made it irrelevant.

He wants to remove the winter fuel payment from higher rate taxpayers. It sounds good to the core vote, but it raises bugger all.

He want to introduce a mansion tax (an idea nicked from the Lib Dems) and a bankers’ bonus tax. Again they sound good but he won’t give us specifics. And let’s look at some of the other key points :

  • Raise the minimum wage – this costs nothing as it’s paid for by business
  • Cut and freeze business rates – sounds good but actually is cancelled out by cancelling Conservative plans to reduce Corporation Tax
  • Abolish the Non Doms – likely to be at best tax neutral
  • Freeze energy bills – kills investment in generating plants and paid for by business
  • Cap school class sizes – where are the extra teachers and classrooms coming from?
  • Guarantee GP appointments within 48 hours – how exactly?
  • Stop migrant benefits for the first two years – illegal under EU law
  • Lower the voting age – because youngsters tend to vote Labour
  • Reform the EU – how? We’ll just get outvoted
  • More nurses, doctors and midwives – presumably magiced up from thin air? Will Labour never learn that you can’t solve the problems of the NHS by simply throwing money at it?

From my point of view, Mr Miliband can protest all he likes about economic credibility because he just doesn’t have it. I found it interesting that one of the first polls taken after the manifesto launch gave the Conservatives a 6 point lead. Mind you, we all know how reliable polls are, don’t we?

I’m afraid that it’s all designed to sound good whilst stealth taxing business. Presumably this is something that Balls learned from his old master Gordon Brown. Let’s remember that Balls worked for Brown at the treasury when he was Chancellor.

And lest we forget….


13 responses to “Manifestos – The Labour Party

  1. I know we live in the “internet age”, and that a lot of people have the attention span of a gnat. Surely however, voters can still remember the damge done to the state of the nation between 1997 and 2010? You'd have to be barking mad to trust Labour, especially where the UK economy is concerned. I think it is now generally agreed, that when Labour came into office in 1997 they inherited a strong economic situation. Lest anybody may have forgotten, Ed Balls became Economic Secretary to the Treasury, in the government reshuffle of May 2006.
    As anyone over the age of 40 knows, these manifestos aren't worth the paper they're printed on. That goes for all parties. In fact they'd be far more use if they were printed on absorbent paper and came with a convenient hanging loop.

  2. Quite right – but there are an awful lot of stupid people in the UK – lots of them just wanting their benefits increased. If these cunts get into government, I sincerely fear for the future of the UK especially if Balls holds the purse strings.

    I did however read an article the other day suggesting that Balls might not hold onto his portfolio in a Miliband cabinet.

  3. XX Raise the minimum wage – this costs nothing as it's paid for by business

    Freeze energy bills – kills investment in generating plants and paid for by business XX

    Sorry. But BOLLOX on both those.

    It will be paid for by the consumer. You and I, and every one reading this, and millions of others.

    Either by way of higher prices, or inconvienience of having regular power cuts in the second instance.

    I believe Indiana, in the U.S, introduced a minimum wage. Mc Dogs simply sacked most of their workers, and installed vending machines. Even then, at higher prices.

  4. Fair comment – business includes price increases passed on to the consumer but of course Labour will freeze energy prices so it's difficult to see how they will pull off that miracle isn't it?

  5. XX Labour will freeze energy prices so it's difficult to see how they will pull off that miracle isn't it? XX That is why I added “Inconvienience.”

    If Power companys can not/WILL not afford to repair stations, then it WILL lead to electricity shortages.

    They are threatening power cuts NOW. After a couple of months, or a year, of no maintainance, or even closing power stations, then….

  6. I'm voting UKIP but hoping its a Labour/UKIP coalition with immigration dealt with, the smoking ban intact, and the benefits lifestyle finished for good under Labour.

    EU….don't know yet which way I would vote if there was a referendum.

    Cunt Vince Cable to lose his seat.


  7. I would also add, that increasing the minimum wage will cost those who become priced out of work.

  8. …but hoping its a Labour/UKIP coalition…

    Can I have some of what you've been smoking?

  9. Millipede and bollocks that is a pairing made in hell with a side order of torment an a sprinkling of torture. Basically they promise nothing and deliver nothing. So nothing will change.
    Unless we kick the EU into oblivion we will have no autonomy which is our biggest issue now.
    More rules from Brussels ultimately costs us all and very dearly indeed.
    Labour won't work with UKIP Millipede has made that quite clear. Millipede has a communist agenda and intends to force feed us all cockwaffle ad nauseum, till we are all good brainwashed little Borg and assimilate ditto Camoron.
    I too will be voting UKIP, not that it will make one iota of difference, but my attitude is if you always do what you have always done, you will always get what you have always had, and personally I cant stand another minute of these lying, self serving sewer rats

  10. Nurse will be round shortly…

  11. Don't hold back, Kath. Tell us what you really think!

    It certainly won't make any difference around here because I'm disenfranchised by a safe seat. The first past the post system sucks, but PR let's cunts like Bennett in and ensures nobody ever gets a majority.

  12. We are in the same boat, safe seat, and the incumbent has been here since time immemorial. But it won't stop me voting, not that it will make a blind bit of difference.
    I do apologize for the language I realise it is not very lay like, but then I never pretend to be a lady 😉

  13. Longrider,you will have to put up with whatever we choose for you.