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Observations Of ‘Tory Popularity Worst Since Before Election’


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Observation On Labour Accuses David Cameron Of Misleading British Public On Tax


Observation On Labour Accuses David Cameron Of Misleading British Public On Tax To Do It Any Justice I Have Included The Article Below:

 

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Labour accused David Cameron of misleading the British public after the prime minister said Ed Miliband was seeking to cut the top rate of income tax to 40p.

At the end of noisy exchanges at prime minister’s questions, aides to Ed Miliband turned on Cameron after he claimed that a Labour amendment to the finance bill would abolish the new 45p upper rate of tax, leaving a rate of 40p.

A Labour spokesman said: “David Cameron has misled the British public.”

The row broke out after the prime minister seized on a Labour amendment to the finance bill that would abolish the 45p upper rate, due to be introduced next year. The Tories claim the amendment would mean that the higher rate of tax would revert to 40p.

The prime minister said: “If he is successful, he will give us a 40p tax rate.”

Labour had hoped to table an amendment that would have re-inserted 50p as the higher rate of tax. But this was ruled out of order by House of Commons clerks, who said the opposition was not entitled to introduce a higher tax rate contained in a resolution already agreed by the Commons.

Aides to Miliband released email exchanges with a Commons official showing that an amendment to reintroduce the 50p, proposed by Plaid Cymru, was ruled out of order. Labour cited the amendment to the Commons official as it sought to confirm its view that such a proposal would be out of order. This was confirmed by the commons official.

Labour then tabled an amendment to show its opposition to the abolition of the 50p rate by removing 45p as the “additional rate” for the tax year starting in 2013. This is what prompted the prime minister to say that Labour was in favour of cutting the higher rate of tax to 40p.

But the email exchange with the commons official showed that the amendment, if passed, would not change the 45p rate. “We think if agreed to it leaves the additional rate for 2013-14 undecided,” the Commons official told Labour.

Labour acknowledges that the matter is complicated. Butsays its amendment was designed to illustrate a simple point: its opposition to the abolition of the 50p rate.

A Labour spokesman said: “David Cameron should know, and almost certainly does know, that you cannot use amendments to the finance bill to reintroduce tax rates. The prime minister has brought in a tax cut for millionaires and should be prepared to stand up and defend it instead of trying to hoodwink the British people.”

A Tory source said: “Labour have bungled their amendment, as clear as day, and they should just accept that and rephrase it or pull it.”

The row followed testy exchanges between Cameron and Miliband as the Labour leader challenged the prime minister over the budget, which he described as an “omnishambles”, the word invented by Armando Iannucci to describe a Whitehall meltdown in his comedy, The Thick of It.

Rachel Sylvester, the Times columnist, wrote on Tuesday that government officials are describing the budget as an “omnishambles” and a “clusterfuck”. No 10 officials are concerned that a month after the budget headlines are still dominated by the “granny” and “pasty” taxes and the cap on charitable donations.

Miliband said cutting the 50p rate of tax to 45p, intended by George Osborne to be the headline measure of his budget, would be “worth at least £40,000 a year to Britain’s millionaires”. Cameron said: “The cut in the 50p tax rate is going to be paid five times over by the richest people in our country.”

The prime minister admitted he had experienced a tough month. “You talk about my last month, I accept, a tough month,” he said to Miliband.

But Cameron added: “Let’s have a look at your last month: you lost the Bradford byelection. I have to say you have given one person a job opportunity – George Galloway. You showed complete weakness when it came to the Unite union and the fuel strike and you’ve got a [candidate for] mayor of London who won’t pay his taxes.”

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The first thing that comes to mind is A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned to walk forward. Cameron continues to use the tireless argument of the trade unions are funding the Labour Party and they pull the strings of Ed Miliband. How wrong can Cameron Be?

Labour leader Ed Miliband launched an attack on Prime Minister David Cameron’s record on tackling excessive bonuses.

Ed Miliband accused the Prime Minister and George Osborne of proving they are “wedded to an old set of rules” by intervening “haphazardly and belatedly” on executive rewards.

He also claimed the Chancellor was failing British firms and families because he is the “last bastion of the old mindset.”

Mr Miliband argued that demanding responsibility at the “top end” is good for business, not a deterrent, as he launched a sustained attack on the duo’s record on fairness.

“Mr Osborne wants to present himself as a champion of business, but the painful truth is he is the last bastion of an old mindset that is letting down British business and letting down British families,” he said.

“He says that action to tackle big bonuses is ‘anti-business’. It is not.

“It is pro-business to demand responsibility at the top and an end to the something-for-nothing culture which has damaged our economy in the financial crisis at every level, wrecked businesses and left everyone else squeezed.”

So far the opinion polls give a 10 point lead for Labour if I look into it my interpretations is that Labour will do well in most of the Local Elections in 2012. So let’s start to kick the Fibdems and Conservatives between the legs by spreading the good news at the ballotbox.

Let us not forget that Britain’s jobs market emerged tattered and ragged into the harsh economic realities of massive underemployment today – with women bearing the brunt of the dole queue.

The Con-Dem government’s savage cuts agenda has sent the country’s workforce into a nether region of part-time work – and all Employment Minister Chris Grayling could suggest was to “give a hoodie a job.”

The Office for National Statistics revealed that the number of women unemployed increased by 8,000 in the latest quarter to 1.14 million – the highest figure for almost 25 years.

Figures also showed an 89,000 rise in the number of people working part-time because they could not find full-time jobs to a record total of 1.4 million.

And the number of people out of work for over a year jumped by 26,000 to 883,000, the worst total since 1996.

Total unemployment has fallen for the first time in almost a year, by 35,000 in the three months to February leaving 2.65 million people out of work, giving a jobless rate of 8.3 per cent.

The youth jobless figure still remains over a million. There were 1.03 million unemployed 16-to-24-year-olds, down by 9,000 from the three months to November.

Mr Grayling said in a speech in London: “It’s easy to hire someone from eastern Europe with five years’ experience. But those who look closer to home find gems too.

“The young man in a hoodie who turns up looking unwilling to work can turn into a motivated employee.”

But GMB leader Paul Kenny accused Mr Grayling’s government of “recklessly aborting” the economic recovery set out by Labour in 2010 and with it stopping 400,000 young workers getting a job.

Jobs website Totaljobs.com director Mike Fetters said the “figures flatter to deceive.

“While on the surface they look rosier than those of the past few months, they hide a number of concerns – not least the staggeringly high levels of under-employment.”

Unison general secretary Dave Prentis highlighted the hundreds of thousands of public-sector jobs lost under this government.

He added: “The record number of people forced into part-time working is masking the sheer scale of unemployment and women are again bearing the brunt of job cuts.”

Women are also the main target for unemployment in Scotland and Wales.

In Scotland the jobless total fell by 12,000 to 219,000 but TUC Scotland general secretary Grahame Smith said: “Rapidly rising unemployment among women continues to be a major concern.

“Long-term youth claimant count unemployment also continues to rise and the increase in involuntary part-time employment continues to be the great hidden story of the labour market post-recession.”

Unemployment rose slightly in Wales by 1,000 to 131,000, but the number of women out of work during the period rose by 4,000.

Ed Miliband’s proposal to cap individual and corporate donations to political parties at £5,000 a year has already set the Tories yelping, so it can’t be altogether a bad idea.

It would affect the amount spent by the major parties, including Labour, but who wants to see a return to the days of unnecessary and wasteful expenditure such as Tony Blair’s criss-crossing of the country by helicopter in a parody of US presidential candidates’ whistle-stop tours?

Baroness Warsi misrepresents how much Miliband’s proposal would cost Labour, but her real concern is the body blow it would deliver to her own party now that its big business donors have returned home following their lucrative flirtation with Blair and his cronies.

It will bear less weightily on the Liberal Democrats and, in any case, not so heavily as their leader’s shameless sale of every principle he claimed to have in return for a handful of well-padded Cabinet seats.

Nick Clegg’s party can kiss goodbye for the present to its pet project of financing parties through even more taxation, which would go down like a cup of cold sick in these straitened times.

The political elite must cut its coat according to its cloth, recognising that party membership is at an historically low ebb and that this means lower spending on political propaganda.

Ed Miliband has finally hit on the reality long voiced by trade unions that there is a “world of difference between a wealthy individual giving millions and millions of trade union levy payers paying a small sum of money to affiliate to the Labour Party.”

Each worker paying the trade union levy makes an individual decision, but such consultation is denied to the workers who make companies profitable through their labour power but have their decision-making on party donations appropriated as surely as the surplus value they create.

Money contributed by individual affiliated levy-payers and passed on to Labour by the unions is transparent and democratically accountable.

Much of the expensive centralised party advertising favoured by Labour was deployed to cover for party members’ reluctance to engage to the same extent as before in the unglamorous tasks of leaflet drops and canvassing on the knocker.

This was inevitable, given new Labour’s essential adoption of key Tory positions on private-sector penetration of public services, imperialist wars, taxation policies favouring big business and the wealthy and supposed consumer choice, which equated to very little choice for most working people.

Miliband’s acceptance of the necessity for major parties to recognise current economic realities must be followed by awareness that offering a slightly less noxious form of Tory policies won’t cut it for working-class voters.

Party members and a disillusioned electorate will respond better to a clear statement of Labour priorities than warmed-over bankers’ agenda rhetoric.

Labour in Wales, the only part of Britain where the party remains in government, opted for a “clear red water” position, especially in opposing PFI and the internal market in the NHS, in contrast to the self-defeating gung-ho new Labourite stance favoured in Scotland and England.

Not all sound advice is found in the Westminster parliamentary and media village, which is why Bradford West came as such a shock.

Miliband’s position on political funding is fair, democratic, sustainable and working class-based. Those should also be the attributes of his party’s policies.

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Observations On Half of free schools have no site, minister say

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FibDems President Said On Andrew Marr Show His Party Will Kill Plans To Monitoring Email.

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