Posts Tagged ‘Ed Balls’

@38Degrees_vol @UkLabour. How will a tax rise help protect the #NHS, once it’s gone?

September 17, 2014

I’ve had an e-mail from 38degrees.org.uk asking me to sign a petition to tell Ed Balls to put a 1p on tax.
It’s almost as if they were acting on behalf of Labour to raise support for raising taxes.

It would be a good propaganda move to set up a puppet protest group to mould popular opinion.

Much better than perverting an effective protest campaign into one chasing less worrying campaigns (Occupy seems to have dropped privatisation issues for anti-fracking and climate change).

Certainly better than besmirching them.

E.g. CND were all alleged to be KGB stooges and Greenham Common was alleged to be full of stinky, bull dykes.

This was my e-mail back to them:

what does a 1p tax rise mean?
Will it just go straight into share dividends?
This is too simplistic and doesn’t address the real problem— privatisation

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@labourpress Is Ed Balls serious about borrowing Cleggie’s idiotic view on the Winter fuel Allowance

June 3, 2013

Version posted to Daily Express

Is Labour intent on losing the next election?
 Ed Miliband is intent on saying nothing about an EU referendum but Ed Balls feels relaxed about announcing that he’ll means test the Winter fuel Allowance.
Is Ed Balls showing his lack of a grasp of basic economics, or is he showing his contempt for his core voters?
Ignore the public aggravation engendered in assessing qualification for entitlement to the Winter Fuel Allowance, i.e. asking us whether we’re poor enough to deserve it.
How much will it save after the cost of administering it?
If he raised the rate of tax by 0.5%, he would effectively recoup the Winter fuel Allowance from the “rich” pensioners, at minimal cost and with minimal friction.
Assuming that he grasps the economic idiocy of this plan, it must be that he thinks Labour voters are mean minded and Socialism really is the politics of envy.
The Conservatives are scoring own goal, after own goal, at the moment.
Dave Cameron must be hoping that not only can he lead the Tories into the next election but that the two Eds are his opposition.

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Fuel allowance proposals don’t add up to a saving
IS Labour intent on losing the next election? Ed Miliband is happy to say nothing about an EU referendum while Ed Balls is relaxed enough to announce he’ll means test the winter fuel allowance (“Balls: We will scrap winter fuel aid for all”, June 3).
Mr Balls is either showing little grasp of basic economics or contempt for his core voters.
Forget the public aggravation engendered in assessing qualification for entitlement to the payment, i.e. asking if we’re poor enough to deserve it but how much will actually be saved after paying the cost of administering the plan?
If he raised tax rates by 0.5 per cent, he would recoup the same amount from ‘rich’ pensioners at minimal cost and minimal friction.
The Tories are scoring own goal after own goal, so David Cameron must be praying that he can lead his party into the next election with the two Eds still in business.

Ed Balls’ brother points up how corrupt Parliamentary Democracy is.

May 4, 2012

Apparently the brother if  the next Chancellor of the Exchequer, Ed Balls,  is a member of a company that deals in bonds (buys and sells Government debts) and is to share in a £57M payout.

Naturally, the Tories are cock-a-hoop and set to exploit this connection and the implied hypocrisy that it will bring to any attacks by Ed Balls on their own shady dealings.

They don’t seem to realise that for many of us, this is just further damning evidence of the whole farce of Parliamentary Democracy and the two-party system.

Ed Balls has presumably had a brother, for the whole of his life. (sic!) And presumably the rest of the Labour hierarchy are awarenot only of this brother but, also, of his livelihood.

None of them thought that this might look bad.

None thought that their main spokesman on the Economy, with access to inside knowledge of the Debt market, might inadvertently let slip little clues about whose debts might be best to trade up/down.

None thought it worth bothering to suggest that they appoint a different Shadow Chancellor, just to demonstrate that they were concerned about appearing honourable.

Like the situation with MP’s expense’s, no-one in Parliament seems to see, or care about such matters, because everyone they meet is up to their necks in exploiting public office.

None of them has the remotest idea of how immoral they appear to people outside of their own political village.

Neither the party leader, or his wife, seems to have seen this connection as something that they needed to act on.

There was a time when even the most venal politician would take extreme precautions at avoiding anything which might appear to cast doubt on their integrity.

Now it appears that they just don’t care.

The believe that an apology, an undisproveable denial or just a bare-faced fudge ( á la Murdoch, Hoon et al) will cover their sins.

Failing a revolution, Guy Fawkes or Cromwell, we need to start voting for “None of the Above” parties such as The Green Party, UKIP and Monster raving Loony Party.

Whichever fringe party seems likeliest to win in your neighbourhood, go out and canvass for it.