David Cameron claims he will leave office having made the Tories the party of “ordinary working families”.
So on 30 April this year Cameron said he would not cut tax credits.
Cameron is famously an old Etonian—so are his key advisors.
London mayor Boris Johnson is an old Etonian as is the man chosen by the Tories to succeed him, Zac Goldsmith. But at least Goldsmith was expelled.
George Osborne is not an old Etonian—yet he gives them a run for their money in the privilege stakes by being the multimillionaire heir to a baronetcy.
Osborne said workers were key to the Tory vision.
He claimed they didn’t need trade unions going out on strike—and instead “these people need to know we are on their side” and to “trust us”.
Osborne did raise the threshold in July at which inheritance tax is paid from £325,000 per person to £500,000.
This means couples will be able to pass on assets worth up to £1 million without paying any inheritance tax at all.
The party of workers.
The Tories are launching the Conservative Workers and Trade Union Movement for all those “moderate” workers out there.
Presumably this will appeal to the millions who support workers’ rights but also like the Tories?
Deputy party chair Rob Halfon said it would be for “the many, not the few”. Hear hear.
Tory MP Liam Fox called for savage and permanent cuts to pensioner benefits at a meeting of the Taxpayers’ Alliance.
The former defence secretary said now was a “great opportunity” to make sweeping cuts in welfare spending while the Labour Party is not such a “great threat”.
At the same meeting at the Tories’ party conference in Manchester, Taxpayers’ Alliance research director Alex Wild also spoke.
The publicity shy boss said pensioners hit by cuts to winter fuel payments “may not be around” by the next election.
He added others may not remember who put the policy in place.
Vote for me and I’ll show up! says Lord
A by-election has come up for a hereditary peer after the retirement of Viscount Montgomery of Alamein.
Candidates have to submit a 75-word statement to explain why peers should vote for them.
Ex-banker Lord Aldington got straight to the point.
“A home in SW1 permits good attendance,” he wrote.
He didn’t confirm how long he’d stay in the House of Lords once there, however.
Labour mayor Fred Johnson has apologised after posting some hilarious “jokes” about refugees.
The South Wales mayor for the Vale of Glamorgan posted various doctored images on his Facebook page.
They included a picture of a plane carrying refugees into Britain with one hanging by his neck from a noose.
Johnson said, “I never intended to cause anyone any offence or upset.”
He has closed his Facebook page.
Deposed Australian prime minister Tony Abbott is regretting his decision to award a knighthood to prince Philip for his years of “service and dedication”.
People in Australia weren’t too happy about it, asking what exactly he had contributed to their country.
Abbott has now accepted the point, saying, “obviously it was an injudicious appointment”.
To tie or not to tie? That is the question
The Daily Mail has taken the campaign against Jeremy Corbyn’s lack of ties a step further, turning its guns on the BBC’s “tieless” Robert Peston too.
ITV news presenter Alastair Stewart weighed into the “debate” over ties last week.
He said, “For me, a neck-tie is non-negotiable. I was honoured to be made Tie Wearer of The Year in 1991 for wearing one throughout the first Gulf War, despite Scud missiles and whatever.”
Troublemaker will be interested to see which lucky chap wins this year’s coveted award.
Meanwhile Stewart also thinks a “lounge suit” for newsreaders is a “racy concession to modernism”.
For the ladies, the Mail focused on the “devilishly difficult to store” scarves.
One article last week instructed women to attach shower curtain rings to a coathanger to keep scarves “tidy”.
Stop the scare stories... says the Express
The Daily Express newspaper got angry last week, just for a change.
It ran a story claiming a Labour council had removed a cross from a crematorium so it wouldn’t cause offence.
The Express whined, “We are constantly assailed with stories of people who have been ordered not to wear a crucifix.”
Yes—by the Daily Express.