Cameron on Tax said more about Cameron on Osborne

What an odd sight to see David Cameron making an announcement yesterday on tax which was based on what the Tories would do if they were in power now, not noticing that they are not actually in power now.

But more odd was the the shadow chancellor, Gideon Osborne sat on meekly watching as David Cameron made an announcement on taxation.

It spoke volumes about what the Tories think of Osborne.


Iain Dale said...

Bloody hell Nich, that's pretty desperate stuff. You may recall that Nick Clegg made the LibDems announcent on tax cuts rather than Vince Cable. Why? Because the media always give more coverage to a leader of a party than a Treasury spokesman. Simple as that.

Letters From A Tory said...

*roll eyes*

No, it speaks volumes about how big an announcement this really was. In economic terms it was fairly small but in political and strategic terms, help for savers is a huge deal.

Malcolm Redfellow said...

Ignore those two rancid Rightists: you're onto something significant here. The first-born of Cameroonie principles have long since been jettisoned from the troika, but the wolves of the Telegraph are unsatisfied.

Your comments are but a pale imitation of the jowl-quivering pomp of the Great Heffalump himself:

... we come once more to the question of George Osborne. All that is at the moment impressive about the shadow chancellor is his mediocrity. He did not understand the financial crisis. He shows little or no sign of understanding the economic one. His execrable political judgment was exhibited by his lamentable incident in Corfu with a distinctly dodgy Russian oligarch, a capricious ex-crony from the Bullingdon club and the man we must now call Lord Mandelson. At every turn he is out of his depth. What credibility does he have left? Not enough to launch his party's new economic front on Monday; that was left to Mr Cameron. Certainly not enough for him to preside over anything radically different from the policy to which he foolishly adhered for the last three years. And what credibility would he have as Chancellor of the Exchequer? He should be grateful that memories are not longer, for he makes Tony Barber look good.

Oh dearie, dearie me! As they used to say in Wells, "She's sich en owl' mawther when summun aggravates 'er!"

But then, a young sprig like yourself, who barely remembers beer at 99p a pint, can hardly have heard of Anthony Perrinott Lysberg Barber, Ted Heath's Chancellor in 1970-74, later Baron Barber, of Wentbridge in the County of West Yorkshire and the Standard Chartered Bank. Barber had the sense, though, to die in Suffolk (the county must be useful for something). As for my poor self: the first pints I drew were 11½d (d! not p!) for Mild and 1/1½d for Bitter. That was Steward & Pattesons, admittedly.

Malcolm Redfellow said...

Further to above (and my emphasis):

Hello! What's this on the news wire?
LONDON, Jan 7 (Reuters) - Sterling hit a three-week high against the euro on Wednesday, recovering from early losses on a view that UK interest rate cuts and government stimulus plans will help the economy recover from a recession.

Now, perish the thought, it couldn't be that the message is getting through? So, perhaps, it will not be necessary for the Cameroonies to exhume and breathe new life into the cold, dead clay of Monty Norman.

Time for yet another re-think? That raises the question of who is pulling the Cameroonie synapses: Cameron, Gids, Vulcan Redwood, Lynton Crosby, Steve Hilton ...

In which connection, remember e e cummings: a politician is an arse on which everything has sat, except a man.

J said...

"Gideon Osborne"


Norfolk Blogger said...

Do a wikipedia search !

J said...

I look forward to you referring to the Prime Minister as "James Brown".