Polly describes Labour\’s Great Plan!

The Eds do have plans, but a fixed-term parliament means they need not be bullied into revealing all.

Or, as we might put it:

carrying on an undertaking of Great Advantage but no one to know what it is

Worked so well last time around, eh?

15 thoughts on “Polly describes Labour\’s Great Plan!”

  1. So Much For Subtlety

    More likely they remembered what happened the last time Labour told everyone what they were going to do in the famous Longest Suicide Note in History. Now they are keeping schtumm so we don’t catch on they have the Shortest Suicide Note in History.

  2. So Much For Subtlety

    Taxing smarter, here are rich sources of income to reverse the death spiral of the economy: £20bn from a financial transaction tax

    Tell me you didn’t let that go past unnoticed?

    Polly says:

    Childcare and social care are high priorities as they help women into work, reaping rewards for themselves, the economy and the Treasury.

    Notice she does not mention the children. At the risk of coming over all Maud-like, it is interesting that she does not consider their welfare at all.

  3. I see you are still blogging at The Telegraph, despite rumours that you weren’t. This makes me very glad.

  4. SMFS

    I don’t think Polly actually has children, does she? I mean, she wouldn’t have been able to afford the Tuscan villa if she’d had to fork out for school fees, so surely it would have been too great a sacrifice.

  5. Frances
    As ever, truth is funnier than fiction. There were 3 Toynbee sprogs. Two were privately educated. No mention is made of the third. Maybe it was ‘special needs’ like its mother.

  6. her step-daughter wrote the BBC’s “This Life” though, so that’s another blot on the old escutcheon, especially after the ten-year reunion rubbish

  7. Frances

    I think she has three kids from my recollection. The late Auberon Waugh opined that her partner looked like a squirrel, and ask readers of Literary Review ( of which he was editor) to come up with an ode to the couple.

  8. To the article itself – the penultimate paragraph is on a par with South Africa As a producer of diamonds!

    ‘£20 bn from a Financial Transaction Tax’

    Tim, I believe you called this ‘sheer and self-evident lunacy’ -it might well yield 20 billion prior to the firms all buggering off to Switzerland’, but it’d be a lone windfall and not repeatable!

    ‘7bn from removing higher rate pension relief’

    So we invest even less in pensions than we already do- genius!

    I mean it’s rather akin to shooting fish in a barrel taking down Toynbee. She is a useful barometer, though. You can be sure if she advocates something, do the exact opposite and you won’t be far off the money!

  9. Auberon Waugh had rather too much in common with Polly Toynbee. I don’t know what Peter Jenkins looked like, but there’s nothing about Auberon Waugh’s appearance that would cause me to trust his aesthetic judgment, and Jenkins was at least more famous than his father.

    Perhaps more interestingly, Jenkins’ first wife was Charlotte Strachey (from another famous family), who ran away with him from her first husband, Anthony Blond. Possibly because Blond Prefers Gentlemen.

    Tim adds: Dunno whether it’s the same wife. But Blond’s first left him after the birth of their very badly deformed child. Blamed him, said it was because he was evil.

  10. PaulB

    In terms of background, I’d have to agree ‘La Toynbee’ is hardly an archetypal working class gal! As Waugh himself said ‘she was most definitely one of us’ in terms of lineage- look at her father and grandfather.

  11. @PaulB/Tim

    Anthony Blond was of course featured in Simon Raven’s ‘Alms For Oblivion’ and ‘First Born of Egypt’ sequences as Gregory Stern (married to Isobel, the name of Blond’s business partner). Another character has an evil deformed child which he later arranges to have murdered. Anthony clearly didn’t mind, as he continued to publish SR’s books.

  12. @ Frances
    La Toynbee has/had so much money that she could afford both without noticing the strain, unlike those of us whose (great-) grandparents allowed their ethics to influence their investment decisions.

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