The Game’s Afoot

They’re off!

We’re now into the election of the next Conservative party leader. It feels a bit like the Grand National. Time, perhaps, to have a wee flutter. Which ones of them will fall as they jump the hurdles? And will the favourite win?

We’ve had a quick look at the “odds” on Paddy Power here where you too can lose a few quid on betting on who is going to be the next PM. As of writing this post, the odds given are:

Boris Johnson 8/13

Jeremy Hunt 9/2

Andrea Leadsom 9/1

Michael Gove 14/1

Boris Johnson on odds of 8/13 is currently seen as the favourite and the two “runners up” are Jeremy Hunt (9/2) and Andrea Leadsom (9/1).…

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Boris’ Tax Cut – It’s Eyecatching But The Wrong One

Boris Johnson is suggesting that he should mark his ascension to the throne by having a large and lovely tax cut. Yes, good idea, why not? However, he’s rather aiming his fiscal power at the wrong part of the income distribution. We do indeed want lower marginal tax rates because of that Laffer Curve stuff. And yes, it is a bit steep that the middle classes hand over 50% and more – when including NI – of their marginal income to the diversity advisers.…

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Thank God For Granny – You’re 50 Before You’re Mature Enough To Vote Tory

That the old and the young vote differently is true. Which is why we should all be giving thanks to Granny. For it’s only at about the age when one is likely to be enjoying that second generation of fecundity that one is mature enough to be voting Tory. As these two show:

Lord Knows we’re not entirely enamoured with the Tories around here these days but it’s better than this:

As the Mail goes into detail upon:

The Generation Why?

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The Defence Of The Realm As A Political Football

We’ve had a flurry of stories about how Gavin Williamson, the Secretary of State for Defence, is muscling up to the Prime Minister; such as some seriously lively tales here.

Furious Mr Williamson warned the Prime Minister that if she did not commit an extra £20 billion to the Ministry of Defence then Tory MPs would vote down the next Budget – effectively passing a motion of no confidence in her.

‘I made her – and I can break her,’ Mr Williamson is said to have boasted to service chiefs.

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