Polly describes Labour\’s Great Plan!October 2, 2012 Tim WorstallPolitics15 CommentsThe 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? previousMy Chakrabortty has forgotten who decides upon valuenextRobert Conquest\’s Obituary for Eric Hobsbawm 15 thoughts on “Polly describes Labour\’s Great Plan!” So Much For Subtlety October 2, 2012 at 9:55 am 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. So Much For Subtlety October 2, 2012 at 9:58 am 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. Horatio October 2, 2012 at 10:01 am I see you are still blogging at The Telegraph, despite rumours that you weren’t. This makes me very glad. Frances Coppola October 2, 2012 at 10:25 am 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. bloke in spain October 2, 2012 at 10:34 am 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. bloke in spain October 2, 2012 at 10:58 am But one does cherish the notion, all three ran away from home & became useful members of society. Flatcap Army October 2, 2012 at 11:08 am 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 Van_Patten October 2, 2012 at 11:23 am 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. Freddy October 2, 2012 at 11:33 am He must have liked nuts Van_Patten October 2, 2012 at 11:41 am 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! PaulB October 2, 2012 at 12:06 pm 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. Van_Patten October 2, 2012 at 1:51 pm 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. sam October 2, 2012 at 3:51 pm @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. PaulB October 2, 2012 at 4:55 pm Tim: yes, the same woman – the child was stillborn, according to Blond’s obituary (written by the Isobel Colgate sam mentions). john77 October 2, 2012 at 5:07 pm @ 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. Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. 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