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Wednesday, March 21, 2007
The Budget: View from the Blogs
Vicky Ford demonstrates why we should not be taken in by the Chancellor's announcement of a large rise in the Inheritance Tax Threshold. Dizzy thinks the budget was all about the headline and has some stats on low earners who will lose out. Paul Linford thinks Brown has stuffed Charles Clarke. Nadine asks: what about the NHS? Nich Starling reckons the Jam Tomorrow strategy is a mistake. Gordon's little helper Tom Watson MP reckons I should keep my gob shut, but has, er, nothing to say on the budget at all. Nothing. Nada. Zilch.
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Whatever Tom Watson reckons, Bob Piper has suggested Iain Dale to play Margaret Thatcher in the movie!
Osborne and Cameron were very very very very slowwwwww.
Made John Moore look quick on his feet.
I've decided to name Brown "Mr 99 Flake!"
From the Today programme to Jeremy Vine, there is no avoiding either Gordon Brown or his Lib Dem Shadow, Vince Cable, on this Budget Day Plus One. Which is as it should be, of course. But where is George Osborne, "free"-marketeer in action where narcotic goods and sexual services are concerned? Is he in any fit state to be seen, or must the public be denied the spectacle of capitalism's effects incarnate?
After all, we deserve as many opportunities as possible to gaze in awe on a man who was given one of the safest seats in the House at the age of 28, despite never having had any job except of the undemanding Milibandian kind for newly-graduated posh boys, following a politician about (at public expense) so that that politician could write him a reference for a startstruck local party, in the unlikely event of that party's being given the slightest say in who was to be its parliamentary candidate. (Ruth Kelly also became an MP at 28, but she had written for Guardian and worked for the Bank of England, and in any case she has a marginal seat.)
What a nuisance is must have been for Osborne to have had to turn up to these non-jobs when he had no need to draw the salary from the taxpayer, or anyone else, in order to keep himself drugged up and well-whored. But what a thing it is to be the heir to a baronetcy, to have attended one of the original seven public schools, and for one's erstwhile Headmaster to be a Tory peer.
Clearly, it makes one brilliant to the point of fitness to be Chancellor the Exchequer (and then I think we all know what - he is a several years younger than Cameron) without even having to appear in public the day after the Budget.
Like Blair, or Milband, or Ernie Armstrong's daughter, born to rule...
Iain, why no link to the specific article on Tom's blog?
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