A 1m fiasco by Ed, and the joke"s on us!

A 1m fiasco by Ed, and the joke's on us!

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The waiting game: Miliband's long-awaited policy review to draw up a new manifesto is a laughing stock at Westminster

The waiting game: Miliband's long-awaited policy review to draw up a new manifesto is a laughing stock at Westminster

Red Ed Miliband’s long-awaited policy review to draw up a new manifesto is a laughing stock at Westminster.

Two years on and Miliband, who announced he was starting the process with a blank sheet of paper, has still not put anything on the page.

And his procrastination is being funded by all of us.

So far Labour has raked in nearly 1.1 million of public money for the fruitless policy exercise.

Figures slipped out by the Electoral Commission show Labour has trousered an incredible 1.07 million in ‘policy development grants’ — i.e. the development of its manifesto — since May 2010.

The policy review is being conducted by Jon Cruddas, the Labour MP for Dagenham, who is the darling of the trade unions. He was parachuted in to the job to replace the hapless Liam /12/23/article-2252609-16A33144000005DC-421_306x423.jpg” width=”306″ height=”423″ alt=”Ann Widdecombe brought the house down as the comedy turn in the Snow White pantomime at the Swan Theatre in High Wycombe” class=”blkBorder” />

Ann Widdecombe brought the house down as the comedy turn in the Snow White pantomime at the Swan Theatre in High Wycombe

Ann Widdecombe brought the house down as the comedy turn in the Snow White pantomime at the Swan Theatre in High Wycombe with Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood. It’s time David Cameron made her a peer so she can do the same in the House of Lords.

There are predictable cries of outrage from councils over the government’s decision to axe spending by six per cent next year. Yet it has emerged that the London Assembly gave 100,000 to a Gay Pride event and Tory-controlled Kensington & Chelsea Council gave 45,000 to an arts festival extolling the Middle East. Why

A campaign poster released by the Tories to trumpet the decision not to press ahead with a rise in fuel duty is illustrated with a smiling man in the driving seat of a car. Except it is an American left-hand drive. Does the right hand know what the left is doing at Tory HQ

Halfway through this Parliament and another manifesto promise, the creation of a Bill of Rights, has been kicked into the long grass.

David Cameron will doubtless promise another one in the next manifesto. In fact, we already have one — the 1689 Bill of Rights which contains an oath for those in authority that ‘no foreign prince, person, prelate, state or potentate hath any jurisdiction in this realm’. In other words the PM should tell the European Court of Human Rights to keep its nose out of our business.

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In case you had any doubt about why David Cameron has embarked on the Coalition’s disastrous gay marriage policy, Lib Dem International Aid minister Lynne Featherstone has let the cat out of the bag.

Featherstone — less than affectionately known as Featherlight by her civil servants — wrote in an email: ‘It’s been an amazing day for equality today as the Coalition Government announced it will introduce legislation to open marriage up to same-sex couples. I am so proud of our Party because — don’t let anyone fool you — it’s because of Liberal Democrats that this is happening.’ Quite.

The spirit of Scrooge is alive and well in the House of Commons. In 2010, the Commons authorities spent a staggering 26,943.22 on Christmas trees and 130 on decorations.

Last year, however, they spent only 2,929 on trees and nothing on decorations.

‘Staff of the House of Commons have been purchasing decorations and putting them up at their own expense and time (lunch breaks, etc),’ explains a helpful official.

Quote of the week

Lord Prescott, the former Deputy
Prime Minister, said: ‘No one has thought through the implications of
the Queen’s attendance at Cabinet. Nick Clegg is going to have to get
another coffee.’