Andrew Allison

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Cameron on top form

In Alistair Darling, Brown, labour, Tax on October 10, 2007 at 5:03 pm

A rattled looking Gordon Brown left the House of Commons today after a blistering attack by David Cameron and Conservative MPs. He is still trying to con us all into thinking he didn’t call an election because he puts his country first; not because the polls told him he couldn’t win. Alistair Darling is trying to lie by saying he hasn’t stolen Tory policies.

They and the rest of the government think they can get away with it. Pull the other one. New Labour. New lies.
Picture: PA
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Pre-Budget Report

In Alistair Darling, Blair, Brown on October 10, 2007 at 4:35 pm

After Gordon Brown’s last budget on March 21 I wrote THIS. After Alistair Darling’s pre-budget report yesterday, all I can say is nothing has changed. After listening to the report you have to delve through all the facts and figures and try and work out what he has actually said. The devil is in the detail.

Basically, if you own a small business, you are going to get clobbered. Small businesses and entrepreneurs are the backbone of the British economy and this government sees them as fair game.

If you are a married couple your joint inheritance tax allowance will go up to £600, 000. If you already have a lawyer or an accountant, you and your partner can split your estate and claim that today.

At our conference last week, the Conservatives proposed simple, easy to understand, tax reforms. Alistair Darling took some of our ideas, added to them, and in true ‘New Labour’ style complicated them and then tried to hide tax increases in mountains of hyperbole.

What Darling and his mentor still don’t realise is the electorate are sick and tired of being lied to. They are fed up with the spin. They are fed up with tax increases being presented as tax reductions. They are beginning to realise that Brown’s tenure at Number 11 Downing Street was not as fantastic as he makes out it is. After nearly 15 years of uninterrupted economic growth, why are we still borrowing so much? Where has the money gone?

Gordon Brown had a very good start to his premiership. In just a few days all of this has unravelled. We have them on the ropes now. Roll on the next Conservative government.

Budget quotes of the day

In Alistair Darling, Tax on October 10, 2007 at 4:08 pm

Gotta pick a policy or two – The Sun

The Magpie Budget – The Times

Who needs elections if the Labour Party copies Tory policies within a week? – Anatole Kaletsky, The Times

Another victory for the Daily Express. Now we force Brown to cut death tax – More delusion from the Daily Express

This was Mr Darling’s first budget. He may have been playing the Artful Dodger.
But he had Fagin sitting right behind him. –
The Sun

Look out! There’s a thief about.

In Alistair Darling on October 9, 2007 at 6:20 pm

I’m sure Alistair Darling understands the word ‘plagiarism.’ If he had plagiarised another student’s work whilst at university, he would have been kicked out. What a pity the same rules don’t apply to Ministers of the Crown.

The Chancellor stood at the dispatch box and grinned, as did the rest of the Labour front bench, as he stole Conservative policies on NonDoms, air travel tax and inheritance tax. He may have changed a few things around, but they were essentially our policies announced at our conference last week.

George Osborne summed it up for me. He told Darling the election should have been called so a Conservative government could have enacted his new policies. This government knows no shame. They will pass anything off as their own without any shame. They must think the electorate were born yesterday and they do this at their peril.