Sunday, 7 May 2017

Chuckles Guide to the UK Election #3

Welcome to my UK General Election 2017 posts where I'll be taking a lighthearted look at the funny, entertaining and embarrassing side of the campaigning so far. I won't be lecturing or spouting political views of my own or telling people how to vote, just having some fun with politics and poking a bit of fun at all the parties involved! 

It has been a difficult week all around for Labour, losing 382 local election seats from Thursday's election. However it was the car crash interviews from shadow home secretary Diane Abbott that make it onto my blog. This lady really needs to get a grip of her maths! Worse than me and THAT is saying something!

First she appeared on a radio interview to talk about new cops on the street but couldn't remember her figures. Here is the cringeworthy interview!

Nick Ferrari: So how much would 10,000 police officers cost?
Diane Abbott: Well, erm... if we recruit the 10,000 police men and women over a four-year period, we believe it'll be about £300,000.

Nick Ferrari: £300,000 for 10,000 police officers? What are you paying them?
Diane Abbott: Haha, no. I mean, sorry...
Nick Ferrari: How much will they cost?
Diane Abbott: They will cost... they will, it will cost, erm, about... about £80million.
Nick Ferrari: About £80million? How do you get to that figure?
Diane Abbott: We get to that figure because we anticipate recruiting 25,000 extra police officers a year at least, over a period of four years and we're looking at both what average police wages are generally, but also specifically police wages in London.
Nick Ferrari: And this will be funded by the reversing in some instances I think the cuts to Capital Gains Tax, but I'm right in saying that since Jeremy Corbyn became the leader of the party, that money has also been promised to reverse spending cuts in education, spending cuts in arts, spending cuts in sports. The Conservatives will say you've spent this money already Diane Abbott.
Diane Abbott: Well, the Conservatives would say that. We've not promised the money to any area. We've just pointed out that the cuts in Capital Gains Tax will cost the taxpayer over £2billion and there are better ways of spending that money. But as we roll out our manifesto process, we are specifically saying how we will fund specific proposals and this morning I'm saying to you that we will fund the 10,000 extra police officers by using some, not all, but just some of the over £2billion.
Nick Ferrari: The £80million is the figure we used.
Diane Abbott: Yeah.
Nick Ferrari: But I don't understand., if you divide 80million by 10,000, you get 8,000. Is that what you're going to pay these policemen and women?
Diane Abbott: No, we're talking about, erm, a process over four years.
Nick Ferrari: I don't understand, what is he or she getting? 80million divided by 10,000 equals 8,000. What are these police officers going to be paid?
Diane Abbott: We will be paying them the average...
Nick Ferrari: Has this been thought through?
Diane Abbott: Of course it's been thought through.
Nick Ferrari: Where are the figures?
Diane Abbott: The figures are that the additional costs in year one when we anticipate recruiting about 250,000 policemen will be £64.3million.
Nick Ferrari: 250,000 policemen?
Diane Abbott: And women.
Nick Ferrari: So you're getting more than 10,000? You're recruiting 250,000?
Diane Abbott: No, we are recruiting 2,000 and perhaps 250.
Nick Ferrari: So where did 250,000 come from?
Diane Abbott: I think you said that, not me.
Nick Ferrari: No, no, I can assure you you said that figure because I wrote it down.
Diane Abbott: What I'm saying about the costs is in year one, obviously, we're getting ready to recruit. But in year two, the cost will be £64.3million. In year three, the cost will be a £139.1million, year four, the cost will be £217million and year five, the cost will be £298million. And that can be amply covered by reversing the cuts to Capital Gains Tax.

But it got worse on a second interview just days later when she unleashed this gem. While talking about Labour losses so far on Friday, she indicated that they had lost about 50 seats. The interviewer points out it is currently about 125. Diane then says ‘Well, the last time I looked we had net losses of 100 but obviously this is a moving picture.’ WTF???!!!

Tim Farron faced the wrath of an angry Brexit voter, not happy about Remainers constantly saying we didn't know what we were voting for. However, Farron kept composure to answer the man, explain to the media that voters will not always agree with you, told his supporters not to boo or abuse the man and got digs in at Theresa May for ducking normal people to avoid abuse and at Jeremy Corbyn's more rabid support base who do abuse opponents. Farron quite impressed me and the irate voter came back to shake his hand and give him a kiss!
Farron was being interviewed on STV and was unlucky enough to be standing in front of a sign. Behind his head all that was visible was FU! Oh dear! Couldn't get a photo of it though which is kind of disappointing!
A good week for Theresa May, gaining 563 local council seats and gaining seats in deprived areas of Scotland that never vote Tory, including in Ferguslie Park, the most deprived part of Scotland. That was a shock to all voters north of the border! She also got the country behind her after non stop bitching by EU leaders trying to bully her before Brexit talks begin. I wouldn't want to cross her personally...
Oh dear, bit of a disaster in the local elections. Try finding a positive spin on losing 145 seats and being left with just ONE!


  1. Ugh, you have as much political drama over there as we do here in the US.

    1. The good thing is our campaigning time is only about 6 weeks! I couldn't put up with the length of time you guys have to deal with!