John Redwood was interviewed on Today on BBC Radio 4 and he told even more porkies. About Article 50, he said 'under the Treaty the process is irreversible'. That is a bare-faced lie. Article 50 was deliberately designed to be reversible. Don't take my word for it - check with Scottish peer who wrote it. He … Continue reading John Redwood
On Newsnight Boris Johnson said that there were no plans to raise income tax. Within minutes Tory HQ said that Boris's comments were neither a pledge nor a promise. So do they have plans to raise income tax or not? Then there are plans to sack Philip Hammond, perhaps because he appears to be one … Continue reading And another wobble
There is a perception that we spend far too much on welfare in the UK and it's a drain on the country. The Guardian has an article which argued the opposite - that welfare is an investment that enables us to make the most of our resources. They argue that free child care enables a … Continue reading Do we spend too much on welfare?
The Tories must be getting worried about Jeremy Corbin. James Wharton used the term 'magic money tree' on the Look North debate on Tuesday night and Theresa and others yesterday. I'm obviously not a Labour supporter but I think it's rich that the Tories are saying that when they have produced a totally uncoated manifesto, … Continue reading The magic money tree
So said Theresa May last night. No deal would result in an average 8% increase in food prices. Last year we imported over £30bn of food from the EU. No deal would result in things like a 36% duty on the 21% of the milk we consume that is imported. Nissan, Toyota and Honda would … Continue reading No deal is better than a bad deal?
The tribulations of BA this week have caused travel chaos for those going abroad this week. There is a lot of talk about how much the compensation will cost BA. That started me thinking. Automatic air travel delay compensation. EU regulation. Mobile phone roaming in EU. EU regulation. Visa free travel. EU regulation. No travel … Continue reading BA chaos
The answer is when it's in Theresa May's manifesto. Her manifesto (and it is hers) says that there will be a £4bn increase in education spending over the life of the Parliament. Allowing for inflation it is a marginal increase in spending - providing inflation stays where it is . However, it's not just about … Continue reading When is a rise in education spending a cut?
In 2015 the Conservative manifesto said 'We will protect our nation We will continue to keep our Armed Forces strong so they can continue to keep you safe. We will maintain the size of the regular armed services and not reduce the army to below 82,000' According to the December 2016 MOD figures the Full … Continue reading Strong and Stable? Or just broken promises?