Friday, April 18, 2008

From Drive Time Hero Back to Zero

Yesterday morning very few people knew much about Angela Smith. The MP for Sheffield Hillsborough is the PPS for Yvette Cooper, the Chief Secretary of the Treasury.

However, yesterday at the end of most people's working day this MP with ties to the Treasury was threathening to resign over the abolition of the 10p tax rate which has already affected the poorest tax payers.

However, the government clearly concerned that with the Tim'rous Beastie already declaring that there was no crisis with the Treasury earlier in the week; a resignation from within could not be tolerated. So the Whips Office got on their steads and rounded up the posse that would persuade this heroine of the working classes to neglect her princinples like so many others and toe the government line.

They even broke the Tim'rous Beastie away from the meal, probably a cheese board, that Laura and George Bush were preparing for him in the Residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Apparently it was Brown himself the architect of the 10p rate abolistion in his last budget as Chancellor who persuaded Ms Smith to let the Treasury release statements that she was not in fact going to resign.

Sadly the Tim'rous Beatie of Number 10 has managed to convert another to his mischief of mice. However, it does appear that Linlithgow and Falkirk East MP Michael Connarty will probably not be so easily swayed, at least by his words, having said earlier this week that the [Labour] party's core voters felt "betrayed" and that "hundreds of thousands" of them would abandon it at the next General Election if Chancellor Alistair Darling did not offer compensatory measures to alleviate the financial pain felt by an estimated five million low-paid people as a result of the abolition of the lowest rate.

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