Friday, 20 June 2014
At last - a real policy from Labour
On Twitter yesterday we finally found out that sort of policies that are really running through Ed Miliband's head.
No Job Seekers Allowance for 18-21 year olds who are thick and lazy? No not that one. Or for people with parents on higher rate tax? No not that one either. How about the promise to freeze energy prices? Nope!
Ed's latest brainwave is to give everybody a free owl...
Party insiders quickly moved to delete the 'Harry Potter policy' - and claimed their account had been hacked. Well they would wouldn't they?
Baby barn owls cost around £80 each. To provide one for all 63 million people in the country - assuming the policy is not devolved - would cost the Treasury some £5billion a year, or around five per cent of the NHS's entire budget. We could always fund it by a tax on bank bonuses, of by selling off the gold reserves. Oh, hang on! They already did that.
A Tory source said it was unfair for everybody to be given a free owl - and called for the policy to be means tested so only the poorest would benefit. The source said it was 'just basic fairness. Why should the state provide owls to people who can afford to buy their own owl?'
And just when you thought it was a joke, they followed it up with this :
See? Another broken Labour promise. No wonder even his own party think Miliband's not fit to be PM...