Posts under ‘Conservatives’

The Tories won’t win because they’re barking up the wrong tree

by Michael Meacher.

George Eaton in the New Statesman has done us a service by revisiting the informative audit of the 2010 election by the Tory pollster Lord Ashcroft, entitled Minority Verdict, which throws new relevant light on the likely outcome of the present election campaign. In 2010, despite Labour polling the second lowest total of electors since […]

Non-doms: this extra scam for the ultra-rich must be abolished

by Michael Meacher.

One of the scams highlighted by the HSBC Swiss bank scandal, and then quickly ignored, is the continuing absurd anachronism of the non-dom rules. Stuart Gulliver, the shamed CEO of HSBC, though living in London in order to run the second largest bank in Europe and routing his bonus through a Panamanian company to escape […]

Members of Parliament, second jobs and the culture of entitlement

by Jon Trickett.

If ever for one second a doubt appears in your mind that the Tories aren’t the party of wealth and privilege, all you need to do is read the Tory speeches in the second jobs debate on Wednesday 25 February. In the meantime here is my speech from the debate: Jon Trickett (Hemsworth) (Lab): This has been […]

Osborne thinks economy is a trump card, but it’s a joker not an ace

by Michael Meacher.

Osborne boasts interminably about success with his ‘long term economic plan’, but even the slightest scrutiny of the evidence shows that his claims don’t remotely stand up. Labour should be eating him alive. 1. After the 6-7% collapse of output brought about by the financial crisis, output per head has grown by less than 2% […]

Peter Oborne and the Tory crisis – unfit to run a newspaper, let alone a country

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Good on Peter Oborne. Good on him for telling the Barclay Brothers to stick their job. Regular paid writing gigs are hard to come by for journos, so to spurn what is one of the cushiest jobs on Fleet Street for a matter of principle shows him to be a writer with value and integrity, […]

Tories aren’t against tax dodging, they believe in it – just don’t get caught

by Michael Meacher.

Osborne’s studied silence over this last week speaks volumes. If the issue were anything else but tax evasion and avoidance, he would be seeking to find an angle to turn it against Labour for all he’s worth. But on tax avoidance he’s skewered. It was on his watch that no action was taken when news […]

Why isn’t HSBC being prosecuted?

by Michael Meacher.

The differential treatment between those low-paid workers who fraudulently claim benefits and those top bank executives who launder hundreds of millions of pounds for drug cartels or pariah states tells you all you need to know about the class basis of justice in the UK. A person claiming benefits while working can get up to […]

HSBC is out of control and should be broken up

by Michael Meacher.

The lesson of the HSBC debacle is not merely that tax evaders must be hunted down much more relentlessly, but that in its present form it’s ungovernable. It’s no good saying HSBC was run in a ‘federated way’, but now management has been tightened up (is anybody really taken in by that anyway?). We were […]

Fat chance have Tory fat heads of turning attention from fat cats to fat people

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

It’s been a bad week for the Tories. This is supposed to be the month they pull ahead and seal the general election deal. Fat chance. The HSBC tax dodging scandal, the £15,000/head black and white Tory fundraiser, the facing down of Lord Fink by Ed Miliband after initial threats to sue, then Fink handing […]

HSBC: Ministers who lie or refuse to tell the truth should be made to strand down

by Michael Meacher.

The lies, mis-statements and blatant evasions over the HSBC Swiss bank are beginning to build up. We were initially told that no Minister had any knowledge of wrongdoing at HSBC Suisse until this last week. This has now been contradicted by several different sources. Lin Homer, the besieged and rather ineffective head of HMRC, told […]

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