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"Gordon Brown is no newcomer to the political scene, someone starting with a clean sheet. We know him to be a miserable, bean-counting bungler with a tenuous grasp of the truth. He now says that he has changed and he plans to change everything to do with government.
But experience says he's about as genuine as a 9-bob note. So Gordon has a severely uphill task ahead of him."

December 2007

ECONOMIC MADNESS
Brown's Northern Rock economy built on debt has just lumbered the taxpayer with a total liability of £60 billion for the Northern Rock bank. That's on tops of the taxpayer's liability for the rail network's track & signalling, public sector pensions, and Private Finance Initiative projects.

MORE MONEY WASTED
The government has sneaked out an admission that its £150 million campaign to cut the teenage pregnancy rate by half by 2010 is 'doomed to failure'.

YOUR MONEY
The government has wasted £41 million on the non-emergency crime hotline. 101 was touted as a smaller brother of 999 but it has been written off as a disastrous experiment in the six pilot areas and the Broon regime will disown the idea next March, when the funding runs out. Closing it down early and saving 3 months' cash is clearly beyond Mr. Broon's capabilities.

TOTALLY USELESS
100,000 illegal immigrants have already benefitted from Labour's stealth amnesty in addition to the 165,000 who will be given permission to stay in the next few months.

CHANGE OF PLAN
Gordon Brown got his headline in July when he promised to deport foreign criminals. 6 months later, he has decided not to bother with most of them, according to new instructions issued to the Prison Service.

TOTALLY USELESS
In 1995, Tony Blair pledged to end mixed sex wards in hospitals. He repeated the promise in his subsequent election manifestos. That pledge has now been abandoned by Gordon Brown as beyond his party's capabilities.

YOUR MONEY
Gordon Brown has spent the last 6 months promising to spend an extra £144 BILLION of taxpayers' cash, which amounts to £5,500 per household. So expect taxes to shoot up even higher.

FAILURE
The government is on course to miss over half of its targets for education, proving that spin sometimes can't put a gloss on Labour's bungling.

JUST PLAIN CROOKED
Joan Ruddock, the Environment Minister, has thought about it and come to the conclusion that a 'pay as you throw' charge for refuse is, indeed, just another stealth tax. Gordon Brown & Alastair Darling have been trying to label it 'an incentive' and not a tax.

JUST PLAIN USELESS
The latest count has found that 11,000 illegal migrants work in the security industry, which is about twice the figure admitted by the government.

JUST PLAIN CROOKED
The Public Accounts Select Committee has concluded that senior labour party members quite deliberately broke the spirit of the law by soliciting secret loans then trying to cover up what they had done when the cash for honour row broke. Having a labour supporting DPP helped to make the police investigation come to nothing.

NO DECENCY LEFT
Under the present Labour NHS, anyone who pays for cancer drugs which their local NHS Trust won't fund loses all of their 'free' care, for which they have already paid through taxes too numerous to mention.

TOTALLY USELESS
The Ministry of Transport gave a firm in Iowa the job of checking driving test theory exam papers and it lost the details of 10% of Britain's drivers from its 'secure data facility'. SIX MONTHS AGO The government has been trying to cover up this latest serious breach of the Data Protection Act 1998 ever since.

TOTALLY USELESS
The Home Office has found a solution to its failure to remove failed asylum seekers. It has decided that 165,000 of them have been here for so long that sending them home would violate their human rights. So they are to benefit from a Stealth Amnesty.

5 YEARS LATE
Gordon Brown has been mugged by his own party and forced to stop blocking a 'lifeboat' scheme for people in collapsed company pension schemes. The Labour government guaranteed these pensions then Brown reneged on the deal for 5 years.

TOTALLY USELESS
It's not only post office that the Labour government is closing – police stations have been disappearing at a rate of 1 per week for the last 10 years. The effect of this policy is to increase travelling time for coppers and reduce the amount of time they spend on patrol.
UPDATE The Home Office has stopped releasing further figures on police station closures in the hope that people will stop noticing it's happening.

IT'S ONLY TAXPAYERS' CASH
The government has handed £26 million to 23,000 bogus asylum seekers to bribe them into going home.

SPIN 'N' LIES
In November 2006, Gordon Brown promised that newly introduced laws would let the government light a bonfire of red tape and unnecessary regulations. Not one single bit of bureaucracy has been abolished in the last year but 3,000 new regulations have been added to Labour's bloated bureaucratic burden.

SPIN
Gordon Brown went to Iraq to announce a hand-over of control to the Iraqis for the third time.

SPIN 'N' LIES
The PM has been claiming that most of the new jobs created in the last 10 years have gone to Britons. But the Statistics Commission, which is there to pick the lies out of official figures, has found that 80% of the jobs have gone to migrants.

JUST PLAIN NASTY
Gordon Brown & Alastair Darling, both of whom have massive pension pots courtesy of the taxpayer, are blocking plans to make the Financial Assistance Scheme work. It was set up in 2004 to help 125,000 people whose company pension scheme went bust but due to Labour's bungling, it has paid out only £9 million in the last 3 years while racking up running costs of £10 million.
UPDATE The Dept. of Work & Pensions had budgetted£725 million to make payments. But G. Brown, who found over £20,000,000,000 for the Northern Rock, obviously doesn't think enough Labour votes are at stake.

BACK SCRATCHING?
Secret Labour donor David Abrahams had a previously rejected planning application for a business park put on a fast-track scheme just about a month after giving £100,000 to the Labour party by stealth.

JUST PLAIN USELESS
Maladministration by the government and failure to stop fraud is adding an extra £2.5 billion to the welfare bill every year. And that's just the amount that this lying government is admitting.

JUST PLAIN USELESS
The state of our Labour government's control of our borders is highlighted by the way the supposedly dead canoeist John Darwin was able to go abroad and return to Britain at will.

INDOCTRINATION?
Eddie Balls, the 'Children's Sec.', is planning to put kids as young as two into nursery schools to make an early start to indoctrinating them with Labour 'values'.

U-TURN
The government has abandoned its plan to make it easier for small-minded socialists to close grammar schools. Parent power, a huge expansion in grammar schools to meet a rising demand and the realization that Britain's place in international education league tables would slump even lower contributed to the rethink, and Labour is worried about losing votes.

SPIN 'N' LIES
Terry Rooney MP, chairman of the work & pensions select committee, has admitted that the benefit system is deliberately designed to make it so complicated that people are put off claiming cash to which they are entitled.

SPIN 'N' LIES
The government is promising to create 15,000 new prison places but it will come as no surprise to our readers to learn that 9,600 of the 'new' places have been announced already. Gordon Brown promised an end to spin and lies in government announcements. But he didn't say when it would happen.

JUST PLAIN USELESS
HMRC has lost 7 sets of sensitive data since the Inland Revenue and HM Customs were merged in April 2005. The agency has a record of sending warning letters about lost data to the wrong address, and people calling the lost data 'helpline' can be ripped off for 40p per minute in phone charges. Its acting head, David Hartnett, has addmitted to the Commons Treasury select committee that such losses are inevitable under the systems operated at HMRC, contradicting Chancellor Alastair Darling's assurance that the recent loss of 2 CDs was an isolated incident. The agency's bosses received bonuses worth £10,000,000 last year.

STEALTH TAXATION
The State Pension was 18.36% of average earnings in 1950. This figure was 17.00% in 1997 and after 10 years of Gordon Brown as Chancellor, it's down to just 15.90%.

GONE MISSING AGAIN
Gordon Brown has engineered a clash in his diary to give himself an excuse for not going to Lisbon to sign the disguised EU constitutional treaty, which was promised a referendum but which doesn't look like getting one thanks to Brown's duplicity.

STEALTH TAXATION
Allowing Council Tax to rise above the rate of inflation means that the average household will be paying £500 more than an inflation-capped bill by next year. In effect, Gordon Brown has put the basic rate of income tax up by 3p.

EMPTY PROMISE
The Labour government's actual performance has shown that Gordon Brown's pledge to end child poverty 'in a generation' was just a sound-bite. His administration is failing to meet its own targets and on course to increase child poverty rates.

NICE WORK
Paul Grey, who resigned from the job of chief exec of HMRC after a minion lost the personal & banking details of 25,000,000 people, has been rewarded with a sideways move to the Cabinet Office on the same salary. So no great sacrifice made.

November 2007

MALADMINISTRATION
The Ministry of Defence's failure to watch the costs of major projects means that their contractors have got away with an extra £1 billion, which will have to be cut from other areas of the budget. So troops on the ground in Iraq & Afghanistan can expect to feel the pinch even more as far as equipment, supplies, ground vehicles and helicopters are concerned.

SLUMPING STANDARDS
English 10-year-olds were 3rd in an international literarcy league table in 2001. After a further 5 years of New Labour meddling, their rating was 19th in the 2006 Progress International Reading Literacy Study. And in science tests, 15-year-olds have slumped from 4th place to 15th. British teenagers were 8th in maths in 2000 and 24th in 2006, and 7th in reading in 2000 and 17th in 2006.

SPIN 'N' LIES
Gordon Brown has saddled the nation with an off-the-books debt of £170 billion. That's how much future governments will have to pay by 2032 to the commercial outfits involved in Private Finance Initiative projects.

BROKEN PROMISE
Labour has broken its promise to provide 2,500 new prison places this year. As a result, 1,000 criminals will have to stay in police cells at a cost to the taxpayer of £400/person/night.

SPIN 'N' LIES
It has been revealed that the Revenue Department lost another data CD in 2005. This one contained details of PEPs held by users of the UBS Laing & Cruikshank bank. The loss was described as a 'one-off incident' at the time and the head of the Revenue Dept., David Varney, claimed that immediate improvements to the system had been made to prevent future data losses. He was either lying about the improvements or they were allowed to lapse through negligent management.

CONTINUING SLEAZE
Peter Watt, the Labour party's general secretary, resigned over secret donations from a property developer, who had a rejected planning application approved after sneaking £200,000 into Labour's coffers using intermediaries.

SPIN 'N' LIES
Government claims that the Ministry of Defence budget has grown in 'real' terms were shot down in the House of Lords this month. The budget has been cut regularly if a 'real' rate of inflation is factored in. G. Brown was in charge of the cash when the cuts were made. Worse, the MoD has been spending taxpayers' money on kit for wars which will never happen instead of kit for wars in progress. So no wonder troops are having to buy their own boots and being killed because of a lack of body armour, armoured patrol vehicles and rescue helicopters.

MONEY WASTED
The government received a clear warning of the consequences of mishandling personal data in a report co-authored by the security expert Dr. M. Walport of the Council for Science & Technology in November 2005. But the HMRC lost CD shambles proves that the report's warnings were ignored.

SOFT ON DRUGS
The Home Office has admitted that drug dealers are making £7-8 billion per year in Britain. Despite 10 years of Labour posturing, drugs of all sorts have never been cheaper or easier to obtain.

TOTALLY USELESS
A junior clerk at HM Revenue & Customs downloaded the personal and banking details of 25 million people onto 2 CD, sent them to the National Audit Office in London via TNT and they didn't arrive. So he just burned a couple more CDs and sent them off. The shambles is being blamed on Gordon Brown's decisions to merge the Inland Revenue and HM Customs, then cut back on staff.

ELECTION DODGINESS
The government has stopped the closure of 2,500 post offices until after the local elections next year because it is afraid that people who lose their local post office won't vote Labour.

WASTED BREATH
Education Minister Ed Balls has contradicted the UN's conclusion that British children have the worst quality of life in the developed West. He got his civil servants to cherry pick the good bits out of 150 academic reports to prove that everything is so perfect for children under Labour that Eddie needs to do nothing more. This is what Eddie calls "evidence-based policy-making".

WASTED BREATH
Work & Pensions & Sports Hooliganism Sec. Peter Hain has a plan to cut the number of people claiming incapacity benefit. Over a period of 35 years!!!

NEGLIGENCE
The government is cutting the budgets for recycling, and conservation and protection of the environment. DEFRA has made such a bog of passing on EU subsidies to farmers that it has cost the taxpayer half a billion pounds in cash withheld by the EU and fines. The Treasury has cut the DEFRA budget by £200 million as a penalty for mismanagement and incompetence and the total shortfall will be around £300 million. So when the prime minister starts bragging about how he's saving the planet, it's just hot air and he doesn't mean it. It's just bluster and bollux.

STUPIDITY IN GOVERNMENT?
Public Health Minister Dawn Primarolo thinks binge drinking is a problem confined to middle-aged, middle-class wine-drinkers.

SWINDLE
Foreign Sec. D. Miliband arranged some totally unnecessary official business in the United States so that he could view his 'newborn adopted son' on a trip paid for by the taxpayer.

PAYMENT FOR FAILURE
The government has paid out £7 million in bonuses over the last 5 years to immigration department staff. The cash went to the people who failed to count or control migrants, and who failed to deport foreign criminals after they'd been released from gaol.

OPENNESS IN GOVERNMENT?
Home Sec. Jacqui Smith was told in early July that the Home Office has been employing illegal immigrants as security guards at Whitehall but she went along with a cover-up until the inevitable leak this month because there was no official story available to put a positive spin on the mess.
UPDATE Double everything. There are 10,000 illegals working as security guards and J. Smith was told about them in April. And the Home Office is still looking for a way to put a positive spin on the mess.

DODGY DOINGS
Gordon Brown stands accused of awarding 90% of the contracts for his citizens' juries to the company of a crony, who works for the Labour party. £1.4 million of taxpayers' cash has flowed into this latest sleaze pit.

LIES
The Home Office is lying with its statistics again. It claims that police officers spend 60% of their time on 'frontline' duties. But this figure includes time spent on paperwork, which is now MORE than the time spent on patrol.

SWINDLE
39% of crimes reported to the police are rejected as 'unsolveable' and ignored. In some places, burglary is a risk-free crime. The Metropolitan Police, for instance, ignores 66% of all burglaries.

SWINDLE
The government had decided to abandon the Norfolk & Suffolk coasts to the sea and stop building flood defences there. The reason? They're Tory heartlands and few Labour votes are at risk.

STEALTH TAX
The government wants to impose a Rubbish Collection Tax of £30 per household per year. But as administering it will cost about that much, the actual Stealth Tax will have to be at least £60 per household per year.

MONEY WASTED
The Queen's Speech was supposed to be a statement of what the Brown regime is all about. So what's his solution to the world's problems? Create more quangos!

October 2007

MONEY WASTED
The cash for honours investigaton cost the taxpayer £1,400,000. It failed to bring the guilty to book due to a combination of political obstruction of the police by the inmates of 10 Downing Street and the failure of the CPS to resist threatening noises from the political and legal establishments about the career prospects of those making the prosecute/don't prosecute decisions.

COVER UP
The Home Office has tried to cover up wasting £35 million on holding centres for asylum seekers, which were never built. The money went to the businesses hired to build and run the centres before the plan was abandoned.

DISHONESTY
In July, MPs voted themselves an extra £10,000 per year for politically neutral communications as a way of helping sitting Labour MPs to retain their seats. Transport Sec. Strewth Kelly has been using her cash to fund Labour party propaganda. Obviously, 'politically neutral' has been redefined when we weren't looking.

MONEY WASTED
An academic, non-governmental review of reading in primary schools has found little change since the 1950s, which means that the £600,000 which Labour has thrown at literarcy over the last 10 years has been largely wasted; mainly because pupils have been taught how to pass the government's tests, not how to read.

MONEY WASTED
The government spent £131 million extra on rehabilitating drug addicts in 2006/07. An extra 70 addicts were cured, which works out at £1.9 million a head.

U-TURN
The government's second announcement about the number of immigrants who are doing Gordon Brown's "British jobs for British people" is another lie. It's not 800,000, or 1.1 million; it's 1,500,000; which will probably turn out to be another lie.

U-TURN
The government is to exempt the sale of small business when the owner retires from its doubled Capital Gains Tax rate. Maybe.

U-TURN
The government has abandoned a plan to steal from the unspent budgets of schools.

DISHONESTY
Valery Giscard, sometime French president and an architect of the EU constitution, has admitted that the Lisbon treaty is just the constitution with all the labels changed. Which confirms that Gordon Brown is lying when he says the treaty is nothing like the constitution, so we can't have a referendum.

SOFT ON CRIME
Thefts from shops are up 65% since the government imposed an £80 fixed penalty fine in 2004. The average haul is £156, which offers further proof that Labour is the party of the criminal.

STEALTH TAX DOUBLE U-TURN
The government chickened out of an official announcement of a "pay as you throw" tax on domestic refuse, but G. Brown has hidden it in the small print of a DEFRA document.

SHORT CHANGED
The customers have so little confidence in what the Labour party has done to the NHS over the last 10 years that they are going abroad in record numbers for medical treatment. India, Hungary, Turkey, Germany and Malaysia are the current top 5 destinations. 70,000 people will be evading the NHS this year and the figure is expected to rise to 200,000 by 2010.

NEGLIGENCE
Fly-tipping of domestic rubbish has become a new growth industry since the government persuaded councils to collect domestic refuse fortnightly instead of weekly.

U-TURN
A high level of derision has forced Mr. Broon to drop his plan to inflict a national motto upon us.

DISHONESTY
The government has been lying about the re-offending rate for dangerous criminals who were freed early. The Ministry of Justice, prop. J. Straw, deliberately excluded 80% of the re-offenders from its bogus statistic.

MONEY WASTED
DEFRA spent £1 billion on management consultants in 2006/07, and cut the flood defence budget by £15 million.

MONEY WASTED
The Higways Agency bills the taxpayer £114,000 every time it builds a pedestrian crossing. The government hurls £10 billion down similar black holes every year.

U-TURN
The government has blown £1 billion over the last 10 years on trying to cut truancy. It failed so it has abandoned its targets in this area and given up on the problem.

STEALTH TAXES
The government's 'Deep Clean' gimmick for dirty NHS hospitals will not be monitored for execution and effectiveness. It has achieved its headline and G. Brown has lost interest in it.

MONEY WASTED
The government has 'streamlined' the Disability Rights, Racial Equality and Equal Opportunities Commissions into a superquango called the Equality & Human Rights Commission. The total annual budgets of the 3 smaller quangos add up to £48 million. The 'streamlined' superquango will cost £78 million. Some Brown economics must be going on somewhere!

DISHONESTY
Gordon Brown's promise, made in September, to fast-track British citizens into jobs in preference to foreigners is illegal under EU law. So is his plan to make foreigners prove that they have passed an English test.

PRE-BUDGET STATEMENT
The Chancellors borrowing targets have been exposed as fantasies in just a couple of weeks.

DISHONESTY
Gordon Brown's last budget was spun as cutting taxes. In fact, it will take £200 per year from low earners and 3.5 million families will be worse off.

SHORT CHANGED
Despite the vast amount of public money thrown at them under New Labour, 50% of secondary schools and 40% of primary schools fail to give their pupils a good education. And 25% of NHS hospital trusts are still failing to tackle dirty wards and endemic superbugs.

STEALTH TAXES
Britain's total tax burden has risen to 37.4% of the national income thanks to Gordon Brown's Stealth Taxes, including doubling Council Tax since 1997 – the highest level since 1985.

U-TURN
The government has dropped its much-spun target to stop the rise of child obesity by 2010. Apparently, someone has worked out that it's undeliverable. Which is why the target date has been put back to 2020, when this government will be long gone.

U-TURN
The government has been forced to abandon a plan to gaol dangerous criminals indefinitely. Apparently, someone neglected to build enough gaols to house them.

DISHONESTY
Gordon Brown's promise to rebuild every single secondary school in England has been exposed as more Labour party spin. Building is going ahead in inner cities, but suburbs and rural areas will be lucky to receive any cash before 2026 at the earliest.

PARALYSIS
For well over a year, the government has been receiving warnings about failures to tackle the spread of C. difficile infections in the NHS. Its response has been gimmicks, spin and providing one-third, in drips, of the amount of money needed to make a difference.

DISHONESTY
In 2004, the Gershon Report set a target of savings in bureaucracy for the government of £21.5 billion by the end of the 2007/08 tax year. The Treasury is claiming to have saved just £13.3 billion but the Commons Public Accounts Committee has found that £10 billion of the claimed savings has been faked.

PRE-BUDGET STATEMENT
Gordon Brown made such a bog of the economy when chancellor that his replacement, Mr. Darling, is going to have to let Council Tax soar as he's not paying for care for the elderly.

U=TURN
Brown has finally conceded defeat on the new EU treaty. He has admitted that it's just the rejected constitution rehashed and served up as something different but exactly the same.

PRE-BUDGET STATEMENT
It was full of stolen Tory & Liberal ideas, and full of spin such as announcing a doubling of the inheritance tax threshold for couples by combining existing allowances – the standard New Labour double counting swindle. It was also laced with unrealistic growth forecasts, which means that further tax rises are on the way.

SHORT CHANGED
The Parliamentary Ombudsman has concluded that Brown's tax credit system is fundamentally flawed and too complex to be understood by claimants and HMRC staff. In fact, it was deliberately designed to put people off claiming so that the Treasury could announce a big benefit without having to pay out the advertised amount of money.

DISHONESTY
Although G. Brown pretended to shoulder the blame for the lengthy phoney election period, he's making sure it slides off onto Brown's Boot Boys; Balls, Alexander & Milliband; and away from the bloke who failed to control them.

DISHONESTY
Gordon Brown was unable to claim that he needed a personal mandate because of a slim majority, so the only reason for considering a general election had to be political opportunism – a cardinal sin in British politics.

DREAM ON!
Just before the Great General Election Bottle Job, Brown announced the go-ahead for the London Crossrail scheme, which will start in 2010, cost £16 billion and be completed in 2020, long after Brown has been dumped & forgotten. Students of such projects, recalling the Millennium Dome, Jubilee Line and similar fiascos, expect this one to start in about 2013, cost upwards of £80 billion and reach completion in late 2032.

SHORT CHANGED
Despite the vast amount of cash thrown at the education system, Lord Adonis, the Schools Minister, has been forced to admit that 25% of secondary school pupils are getting a sub-standard education.

SHORT CHANGED
Despite the vast amount of cash thrown at the NHS, Britain is 17th in a European league table of quality of health care.

September 2007

SHORT CHANGED
While the Northern Rock was collapsing about his ears, the Chancellor (a.k.a. him with the eyebrows) promised to guarantee bank & building society savings up to £100,000. That pledge has now been ditched in favour of guaranteeing £35,000 instead of the present £32,000. The big headline and the big letdown on delivery. How very New Labour.

DOUBLE STANDARDS
Culture Sec. James Purnell, who rants about faking in the news & entertainment media, sees nothing wrong with having himself digitally pasted into labour party propaganda photos, in which the other ministers have left a space for their absent friend. So much for G. Brown's promise to kill spin!

STEALTH TAXES
According to figures sneaked out on HM Revenue & Customs website, incomes have risen by 40% since 1997 but income tax has doubled – yes, a 100% rise under G. Brown's clunking fist.

FLIM-FLAM
The Home Office is dropping a pledge to catch more serious criminals and blaming its failure to deliver on the Justice Ministry, which hasn't made enough prison places available.

LABOUR LIES
Jack Straw is now presenting himself as a have-a-go hero in the fight against crime. He wants to review the law on self-defence; not change it, just put a different spin on it. So the man of straw's current posturing, with an early general election being touted, is just opportunistic super-hypocrisy.

MONEY WASTED
The OECD has found that raising the education budget from £29 billion per year to £64 billion per year has had no direct impact on results. Sounds like the NHS scenario all over again.

FLIM-FLAM
The Financial Services Authority is finally getting round to the protection racket run by shops, banks, etc. – Payment Protection Insurance policies which don't pay out. But the FSA isn't actually going to be doing anything, it has just warned 24 cowboy outfits that it's looking at them while allowing these spivs to continue to rip off the public.

NEGLIGENCE
Even the Labour-supporting Guardian is blaiming the Brown/Balls Axis for the antics with Northern Rock of the Financial Services Authority, their alleged regulator, which would be right at home in any banana republic.

DREAM ON!
Crime up, the police increasingly ineffective; immigration uncontrolled; drugs encouraged; vast amounts of money blown on the NHS & schools to no effect; the neglected armed forces involved in 2 wars . . . G. Brown wrapped himself in Britishness at the Labour conference and, having caused them, he promised to fix all these catastrophes (apart from the wars). But 10 years' experience tells us he's only going to make thinks worse! Stop bloody meddling, Brown!

DREAM ON!
Having let NHS hospitals get into a filthy, disease-ridden condition, Gordon Brown now says he'll clean them up. And he expects us to be impressed. How's that for arrogance?

LABOUR LIES
The government writes off £50 million in unpaid fines every year 'to make the numbers look better' and let ministers brag that the rate at which fines are paid has increased dramatically. That rate used to be 60% before the fiddle began. Now, the government is claiming that 98% of fines are paid. In fact, the swindlers sometimes get a bit too keen and the fiddled rate of payment can climb above 100%. The Soviet Union lives!

STEALTH TAXES
The government has told the Inland Revenue to make a particular effort to screw the maximum amount of inheritance tax out of the population. The number of families having to pay this pernicious imposition has doubled since 1997 due to Gordon Brown's failure to raise thresholds reasonably. This rate is expected to double again over the next couple of years due to the combined effects of an overheated housing market and Labour's fiscal drag policies.

MONEY WASTED
DEFRA will be blowing £5 million per year for the next 4 years on propaganda aimed at persuading people to accept 'pay as you throw' refuse taxes.

WARNING
The government's guarantee to Northern Rock depositors doesn't apply to people who opened new accounts after the trouble started.

FLIM-FLAM
Gordon Brown's famous "Citizens' Juries! are run by government departments (i.e. the Labour party) which decide who goes on the jury, which topics are discussed and what the conclusions are. And the meetings are held under conditions of strict secrecy. Open government, or what!

SOFT ON CRIME
The government has 45,000 convicts parked in police cells at vast expense to the taxpayer because of its failure to build enough prisons. This cock up is costing £18 million per year, which is exactly twice the Home Office's estimate.

CREDIBILITY GAP
Despite the government's promises that the troops in Afghanistan would get everything they need, they're still short of doctors, helicopters and trained replacements for battlefield casualties, to name but a few.

LABOUR LIES
The government has borrowed £38 billion to cover its excess of spending over income, and it is hiding a further £170 billion, for which the taxpayer is liable, off the books under as PPI projects.

CREDIBILITY GAP
September 8th: the country is free of foot & mouth disease, the official govt. chief vet declares.
September 11th: No, actually, foot & mouth disease is back, DEFRA says.
And they wonder why no one believes anything this govt. says!
The cost : The foot & mouth disease outbreak has cost farmers £80 million and the loss of exports is costing £15 million per week.

STEALTH TAXES
Why does Labour like high rates of taxation? Because it gives them more scope for giving multi-million-pound government contracts to cronies, who then show their gratitude by making donations to Labour party funds.

DODGY STATS
The government's failure to keep track of the number of migrants entering and leaving Britain means that its statisticians can't make accurate forecasts of the levels of public services required. So they just have to make up numbers which no one believes.

MONEY WASTED
Back in 2002, Sir Derek Wanless (a director of the melt-down Northern Rock bank) persuaded the Chancellor, Mr. G. Brown, to push more money at the NHS. 5 years on and £43 BILLION spent, Sir Derek has done an audit (which the Treasury refused to fund). He conclusion is that all that money has had no impact on patient care. Due to Labour's failure to cut out waste in the NHS, productivity is down, the GP out of hours service is largely dreadful and the Health Department has done nothing to persuade people to stop smoking and eat healthily.

MORE REPEATS
G. Brown now says he's serious about extending the "Citizens' Juries"** scam, something which has been announced 15 times in the past.
** Labour gives public money to its cronies, who find votors willing to be paid to endorse govt. policy to give it a fake gloss of universal acceptance.

LABOUR BRIBES
This rotten government is stealing £1 billion per year from suburbia and doling it out as bribes to recognized Labour areas. Gordon Brown is the road block to eliminating the £22 billion per year bribe which goes to Scotland (£1,500/head) for public spending.

NEGLIGENCE
It's official – the foot & mouth outbreak was caused by the government's failure to ensure that the laboratories on the Pirbright site were run properly and the government's failure to repair and maintain the drains.

August 2007

MONEY WASTED
The government is going to have to pay half a billion pounds to familiies who were overpaid tax credits and then had to repay the excess, which often resulted in considerable hardship. Labour tried, and failed, to bury the news that HM Customs & Revenue used an illegal method to recover the cash and it will all have to be returned.
   Tax credits, which cost the nation over £1 billion per year in blunders and fraud, were a flagship policy devised by G. Brown.

LABOUR LIES
Gordon Brown's promise to protect the Green Belt has, surprise!, turned out to be worthless. The Green Belt concept will have to be abandoned so that Brown's target of building 30,000 new homes by 2020 can be met.

WAR GRAVES
A direct cause of the deaths of 3 British soldiers in Afghanistan at the hand of the US Air Force was Labour's failure to fund vital high-tech communications equipment to allow front-line troops to talk to air cover. The blame falls squarely on the negligent politicians at the Ministry of Defence and G. Brown, who cut their budget.
UPDATE The government's response to the exposure of its failure to protect our troops has been to offer yet more lies. The Ministry of Defence is now saying that it gave £3.8 billion to IFF (Identification Friend/Foe) communications projects.
   No, say manufacturers, most of the projects are either not intended for IFF or the equipment isn't compatible with the equipment used by the US Air Force, which provides air cover in Afghanistan. And the rest of the projects never got off the drawing board.

NHS WASTE
In 2006/07, the NHS threw away drugs worth £202 million after they reached their use-by date. But it's probably too much to expect for Labour to be any good at stock control.

LABOUR LIES
Gordon Brown set a target of 2% for public sector pay rises. So maybe he'd like to explain why trade union arm-twisting is making the going rate 2.5%.

MONEY WASTED
Labour's messing about with the management of the NHS in the name of saving money and undoing screw-ups has cost the taxpayer £143 million. That's how much it has cost in redundancy payments to managers of strategic health authorities and primary care trusts; all of whom were in excessive jobs, which Labour created.

SOGGY ON CRIME
Brown's Britain 2007 : an 11-year-old kid is killed in Liverpool on his way home from football practice by another kid, who was shooting off a handgun at random.

SOGGY ON CRIME
Figures released under the FoI Act show that PCSOs – Blunkett's Bobbies – are purely cosmetic. Most of them never arrest any criminal or yobs, and few actually issue a fixed penalty ticket. Meanwhile, as budget cuts mean that expensive police officers are replaced with cheap PCSOs, the number of street robberies involving knives has doubled in the last 2 years.

LABOUR LIES
Gordon Brown promised a 'bonfire of the quangos' in 1995. Surprise! Labour did nothing for a couple of years in office, it slew 180 quangos between 1998 and 2004, then it created 200 more in the last 2 years. There are now over 700 of them. The Economic Research Council called them, expnsive, secretive and unaccountable to the public – with good reason. Quangos cost the nation £24 billion in 1997/98. They cost £168 billion in 2005/06, which is 5 times the current Defence budget.
   "Creating a quango is Labour's way of pretending it's doing something. Like setting up an agency which costs millions of pounds to run to advise a public service on how to save money."

LABOUR LIES
The government is so deeply in denial about its failure to support our troops properly in Irqq and Afghanistan that it is lying about the casualty figures in an attempt to pretend that these wars are less serious than they really are. In fact, things are so bat that the Royal British Legion has started a campaign on its website to shame Labour into giving troops a better deal.

CON TRICK
The government's 'Pay As You Throw' plan for local councils is expected to double the rate of fly-tipping and cost councils millions in legal fees when they are sued for charging householders for a refuse removal service but not delivering it.

CRONYISM
G. Brown has made the sacked leader of the Scottish Labour party, Jack McConnell, the new high commissioner to Malawi. He has a history of giving such jobs to failed Labour politicians with no diplomatic qualifications; Helen Liddell (ex-Scottish Sec.) and Paul Boateng (ex-Treasury) to name but 2.

PIE IN THE SKY
The reate of house building is down 10% on last year, which makes G. Brown's ambition to build 3 million more houses by 2020 look even more unrealistic.

MONEY WASTED
Owners of 3-bedroom houses will have to provide a HIP when they are sold from mid-September on 'at the latest'. Or go for the cheaper option of paying a fine of £200 for not getting involved in this latest Labour scam.

SOFT ON CRIME
The government's Sentence Advisory Panel doesn't want teenage yobs who break ASBOs to go to gaol, or if they have to go to gaol, it should be for no more than a year. Even for murder.

EDUCATION, SHMEDUCATION
Surprise! The government has dropped standards again to create yet another record A-level pass rate.

VIOLENT SOCIETY
Serious violent assault in pubs & clubs has gone up by 50% since Labour made 24-hour drinking compulsory. And there's no sign of the promised Continental-style caf&eacte; culture.

CON TRICK
G. Brown has announced all sorts of government spending programmes ahead of the usual October statement to claim headlines. Which rather suggests that he's planning to re-announce the £39 billion in October in the hope that people will believe they're getting £68 billion of spending.

CON TRICK
In March 2007, Tony Blair signed up to the EU's 20% target for energy from renewable sources, triggering a renewed burst of bragging about how Labour is saving the planet. Now, Gordon Brown has admitted in private that Britain might just hit 9% in 2020 (up from the present 2%) but 20% is just political spin. But he's still pushing the 20% lie in public.

MALADMINISTRATION
The £500 million SCOPE computer system was supposed to be delivered in 2004 to let the Home Office, the Ministry of Defence, MI5, MI6, GCHQ and the Cabinet Office alert one another in seconds when a terrorist threat develops. Bungling Labour has quietly put the delivery target back to 2009.

MONEY WASTED
The House of Commons Commission, chaired by Gorbals Mick, the Speaker, wasted £17,000 of taxpayers' cash on barristers in its attempts to keep the details of MPs' travelling expenses secret.

PENSIONS
For every £1 a private sector worker puts in his/her pension pot, he/she has to find another 91p to put in the public sector pension pot thanks to the maladministration of G. Brown.

EDUCATION
One-quarter of primary school pupils leave without a basic grasp of reading, writing and maths. Fed up with constantly missing its education targets, the government plans to drop them to avoid future embarrassment.

CON TRICK
G. Brown's claim that pensioner poverty is reducing has been exposed as garbage. Fact: the Dept. of Work & Pensions' own figures show that the 25% of pensioners at the bottom of the income scale had an income rise of less than 1% last year when demands on their resources went up 9%.

CON TRICK
G. Brown promised to increase the budget for flood defences from £600 million to £800 million. But you have to read the small print to realize it's not going to happen until 2011.

MONEY WASTED
Despite having no job to do, John Prescott, sometime deputy prime minister, blew half a million quid of the taxpayer's money on junkets & entertaining in 2006/07.

MALADMINISTRATION
The Communities & Local Govt. Dept. has admitted that it won't correct wrong information posted on the database for Energy Performance Certificates, which could blight the sale of a property with wrong details.

LABOUR PROPAGANDA
The government, which is closing 2,500 more Post Offices, is sending undercover agents to the ones scheduled for the chop. If the postmaster fails to spout the correct Labour party explanation for the closure, he/she stands to lose his/her compensation package.
UPDATEThe Post Office has issued a grovelling apology for its threats to sub-postmasters. The party line now is that the threatening letters contained 'factual inaccuracies' and no spies will be sent out. But they might be lying. So most postmasters will get the message and spout the Labour party's line just to be on the safe side. Job done by stealth.
UPDATE The government is using lottery money illegitimately to prop up failing post offices with a focus on its own constituencies.
UPDATE The Post Office has offered over 1,500 staff at Crown post offices £1,000 in hush money if they don't make waves over moving services to branches of W.H. Smith.

MONEY WASTED
The Department of Work & Pensions missed most of its targets last year but it still paid out £40 million of taxpayers' cash in bonuses to staff who managed to pay out only £4 million to people who were in collapsed pension schemes.

EMPLOYMENT SCAM
Gordon Brown's 'flagship' New Deal, under which the State pays employers to take people off the unemployment register for a while, has been exposed as a £3 billion scam. When the subsidy ends, the job vanishes for hundreds of thousands of people, who end up back on the dole until they become eligible for another trip through Labour's revolving door.
   Worse, the scheme was trumpeted as a way to end youth unemployment in 1997. But youth unemployment has gone up since then. A scam plus a bonus false promise.

NHS SHAMBLES
30,000 junior doctors were due to start new jobs on the 1st of this month, most at little or no notice thanks to the shambles created by the Department of Health in moving them around to new posts. 10,000 remained without jobs and 1,000 posts were unfilled when the shuffle began.

June/July 2007

MONEY WASTED
The government sets easy & irrelevant targets to make it easy to reward its cronies with cash bonuses. And then its members look surprised when the taxpayers protest about Baroness Young and Environment Agency bosses getting huge bonuses for 'a job well done' when half the country is flooded.

MONEY WASTED
The assessment for the Energy Performance Certificate, a compulsory part of the Home Information Pack, costs £100 (or more) plus VAT for half an hour's 'work' and the conclusions can be wildly wrong. Why? Because the assessment is purely a visual one, which can miss insulation and improvements. "We are not obliged to be thorough," an alleged assessor explained.

MONEY WASTED
The government has a target for limiting any temperature rise due to global warming to a maximum of 2 deg.C in 2050. It thinks reducing Brtain's emissions of carbon dioxide by 60% will do it. Unfortunately, this target is undeliverable. Worse, achieving it won't make a blind bit of difference. Even if Britain emitted zero carbon dioxide, China's huge growth in CO2 emissions make our government's posturing irrelevant.

MONEY WASTED
The Ministry of Defence has paid £484,000 to a typist, who developed inflamed tendons for her right thumb.

MONEY WASTED
The Commons Public Accounts committee has found that while spending on the NHS has tripled since 1997, there has been no improvement in care for patients and GPs are doing less work for a whole lot more money – yet more evidence that all Labour can do is pile on taxes and waste the money collected.

NO POLICIES
G. Broon is announcing policy reviews at the rate of one every two days to stop people asking what he stands for and what he believes in. At the moment, he has no policies and no principles because they're all 'under review' and he's waiting for the focus groups to tell him what to say.

DRUGS
After making a song & dance about reclassification of cannabis back to Class B, and getting half the cabinet to admit that they are permanently stoned, the government is planning to cut the budget for drug rehabilitation treatment by £50 million (12%) over the next 3 years even though G. Broon has been spinning about the need to improve drug rehab treatment.

KNEE-JERK
The latest Labour knee-tremble is to fly the kite of all-Moslem gaols for terrorists.

FISCAL PROFLIGACY
MPs gave themselves a 5.5% rise via their expenses claims for 2006/07 when the official rate of inflation is 2.4%. They plan to do even better in the 2007/08 tax year as they have awarded themselves a further £10,000/year as a propaganda allowance. Worse, the bill for gold-plated pensions for the public sector went up 25% in 2006/07 despite Gordon Brown's promises to reduce Labour's Bloated Government.

BURIED
The Brown regime doesn't wait for bad news to bury disasters. It just unloads a huge heap of steaming garbage just before the House of Commons breaks up for its 10 week summer hols and uses this pile of steaming dreck to hide the embarrassments, e.g.:
 • Blair's international farewell junket cost the taxpayer £1.7 million
 • The role of M-list celebs whom Blair entertained at the taxpayer's expense
 • Long delays in bringing 2 new aircraft carriers into service
 • The abolition of over 25 district and county councils
 • The Child Support Agency's further screw-ups and failures to collect maintenance cash
 • Brown's Border Force, which consists of customs & immigration officers doing the same job but wearing new uniforms, and which doesn't include the police.

RAILWAYS
Brown's big idea for the railways: cut rail subsidies from 50% of running costs to 25% by 2014 and bump rail fares up 34% to make it cheaper to use the roads than the railways.

NHS
Cases of superbug infections in hospitals are at a record level. The government is doing nothing to get hygiene up to acceptable standards.

FLOODS
Hilary Ben, minister for lying about floods, is frantically trying to divert attention from the fact that this useless government was warned in 2 separate reports that your flood defences and drainage systems are inadequate. The reports were issued in 2004 but the government has done nothing useful during the last 3 years.
UPDATE The Tories have bumped the charge sheet up to 25 reports on flood dangers since 2000, all of which were ignored by the government.
UPDATE Dave 'The Leader' Cameron is in trouble for going to Rwanda on a pointless 'Saving Africa' junket instead of staying in his flooded constituency to fill some sandbags.

FLOODS
Surprise! G. Brown set targets for building thousands of new home in flood-prone areas. What's he been smoking? Worse, a National Audit Office report published in 2001 warned that a large proportion of the nation's flood defences were badly maintained. Yet after a further 6 years of neglect, G. Brown reckons that this month's floods were 'an emergency which no one could have predicted'. That has to qualify as the lamest alibi of the year.

SPIN
The Ministry of Defence, which can't manage to send troops abroad to fight with kit that works, is able to find £40 million per year to spend on spin doctors, whose job it is to create: 'a steady stream of positive stories which promote the MoD and Forces' reputation and offset the bad stories'. So much for dumping the spin culture.

CRIME
The government has made such a bog of its Home Invasion Pack scheme that convicted burglars can get jobs as energy assessors because they were not made subject to criminal record checks by the police.

U-TURN
Another one – building council housing is okay again as it is now seen as a way of offering subsidized housing to its supporters and as a place to hide inconvenient illegal immigrants and other undesirables.

EDUCATION STANDARDS
Sir P. Williams, a Brown-appointed advisor on education reform, has found that A-Level standards have been falling for 20-30 years, making a liar out of successive educations ministers, who have been in denial about eroding standards. Or just doing what comes naturally and spouting the party line instead of the inconvenient truth.

THEFT
Having caused deep damage to the pensions industry with his stealth taxes, Brown is now plotting to steal insurance company reserves as a short-term fix for some of the damage which he has caused. The cash is needed for the sake of prudence – to ensure that the companies can meet their obligations to policyholders; not that G. Brown has ever been too bothered about financial prudence.

SECURITY
Britain's 'security chiefs' now think that 3,000-4,000 Islamic jihadista wannabes have strolled through Labour's non-existent border controls to and from terrorist training camps in Afghanistan.

Bungled government projects; the Millennium Dome, the NHS computers, tax credits, the 2012 Olympics, etc.; are costing each family in Britain £900/year. £23,000,000,000 has already gone up in smoke through Labour's failure to control costs.

EDUCATION
Ignoring the fact that the Labour party has spent the last 10 years proving it doesn't have a clue about education, newly jumped up minister Eddie Balls had decided to do some further messing about with the schools' curriculum.
"A different mess, and most important of all, not my mess," is Eddie's 'philosophy'.

INQUESTS
Government ministers continue to promise more cash for inquests on service personnel killed in Afghanistan & Iraq, but no actual cash ever appears. The current backlog is 109 inquests.

Brown does U-turn. Super-casinos are now a bad idea, so there won't be any. The Daily Mail is claiming victory for its campaign against them.

QUEEN GORDON'S SPEECH
Brown does his own preamble to the Queen's Speech by re-announcing all sorts of stuff and pretending it's something new.
"Recycled tosh is still tosh, Gordon!"

MONEY
Friends of Gordon Brown thrust £101,700 into his fighting fund for a Labour leadership contest, but the opposition crumbled in return for jobs in the Brown Cabinet and there was no election. So where did the money go? Into Gordon's trouser pocket?

DUMBING DOWN
Sixteen-year-olds with the top grade in GCSE maths can't handle percentages and angles, and those with the top grade in English have no idea what to do with full stops and commas. No dumbing down under Labour? Yeah, right!

SECURITY
Al Qaida members and sympathizers who infiltrate the police 'service' can't be sacked for political correctness reasons. Getting shot of them would violate their human right to plot the violent murder of their fellow citizens.

MALADMINISTRATION
The Ministry of Defence has been selling off land and historic buildings to fund the aftermath of Labour's illegal war in Iraq. £2.2 billion has been raised to be hurled into this black hole.

CORRUPTION
Freedom of Information Act Info : Since 2001, Labour has been packing local health trust boards with its own members at a ratio of 4 Labour member to 1 non-Labour member. As all of these jobs are well paid out of the public purse, this represents cronyism and corruption on a grand scale.

LIES
D. Miliband rats: The new Foreign Sec. has admitted that the latest EU treaty does surrender a whole string of powers to the Eurocrats in Brussels, contradicting the stream of lies from his own party; from those still in power and from those who have been shuffled off to the margins.

Also buried under the cabinet reshuffle: the news that DEFRA has wasted £30 million on a campaign to persuade parents to switch from disposable nappies to washable ones. When the numbers finally came out of a study of the relative environmental impacts, they showed no difference between the options.

Conspiracy Theory #1 The govt. has no chance of meeting its own carbon emission targets so it has decided to use a security alarm as an excuse for turning airports into armed camps in order to inconvenience people out of flying.
Conspiracy Theory #2 Gordon Brown is desperately ashamed of all his Stealth Taxes on flying and he desperately wants to look like a good guy. So he's intimidating people out of flying to spare them his airport Stealth Taxes.

The phoney war talk about a general election 'in the autum' or in a year's time is just that – talk. Labour can't afford an election – unless it has resumed flogging off peerages and government contracts, and Brown's promises to end the sleaze are worth about as much as the pledges that Blair made in 1997.

No Labour spin under Brown? So why is the Downing Street Mafia sending out a 'campaign pack' ordering Labour MPs and candidates to pretend that Brown is 'exciting' and 'inspiring'? And then there was that Tory no-hoper attention-seeker switching sides on the day of Brown's elevation. No spin? Yeah, right!

When Margaret Beckett was in charge of DEFRA, she made such a bog of distributing subsidies to British farmers that the EU withheld 350 million of the cash. Her reaction was to cut the budget for flood defences. Tony Blair rewarded her with a promotion to Foreign Secretary.
   Beckett was succeeded by David Miliband, who was so convinced that global warming would cause droughts that he left the cuts in place. June 2007 ended and July began with large parts of several counties submerged by floods. Gordon Brown responded by promoting Miliband to the job of Foreign Sec.

Week 1 Three more British soldiers killed in Iraq, the Cash For Honours scandal rearing its ugly head again with the news that Blair's third questioning by the police was covered up until after he'd quit, disastrous floods after the government decided it could get away with not building flood defences – all deflecting attention away from Brown's Cabinet choices. The solution?
   Clear the decks with a car bomb scare and start again after the weekend.

'The most radical Cabinet reshuffle in half a century' just moved around a weary bunch of jobsworths, most of whom have never held a proper job in the real world.

Brown's pledge that he won't use his kids for political capital – broken on his first day as prime minister with that tripe about having to put the kids to bed.

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