Daily Archives: August 29, 2010

Jim Pickard

In the run-up to the general election George Osborne scored a big propaganda coup by enlisting the names of scores of business leaders in a letter criticising Gordon Brown’s planned rise in National Insurance.

(No matter that in Osborne’s subsequent Budget VAT went up by a similar amount to help plug the fiscal hole).

For Labour that stung; not least because some of the figures had sat at various times on its own advisory boards. David Miliband has since said, on several occasions, that he never wants Labour to enter a general election campaign with no business support. Read more

Jim Pickard

Red Ed would be disastrous for Labour - Fraser Nelson, News of the World
The tax burden won’t fall during this Parliament* says Danny Alexander – Observer
Pay MPs more to keep them honest - AA Gill, Sunday Times
Gurkha regiment faces axe? – Observer
Will Boris Johnson really resign over cuts? - Tim Montgomerie, ConservativeHome
Danny Alexander risks Tory backlash on cuts - FT
Does Cameron fear Mili-D the most? - Guardian

* Did anyone in their right mind think that it would (except, maybe, in the last budget before the May 2015 election)?