"Of course I can bloody count, what do you think these are for?"
What a balls up!

The frightening thing is, this woman is the Labour Party’s choice for Shadow Home Secretary!

So, according to today's radio proclamation, ‘if we elect them, they’re going to recruit 10,000 extra police to patrol our streets and they're going to fund this by reversing Conservative cuts to capital gains tax (CGT).

In the now infamous Radio interview, she announced, “If we recruit the 10,000 police men and woman over a four year period we believe it will be about £300,000,” the shadow home secretary said.

But when LBC’s Nick Ferrari questioned the figure. “£300,000 for 10,000 police officers? What are you paying them?” he asked.

Abbott corrected herself. “No. I mean... Sorry.... They will cost.... It will cost.... About £80million. We get to that figure because we anticipate recruiting 2500 police officers year at least, over a period of four years,” she explained. “We’re looking at what average police wages are generally, but also specifically police wages in London.”

By lunchtime, good old Jeremy had ridden into to help her with her maths.
Labours professor of hard sums

But even he got it all wrong! He told Sky News that their policy would actually cost £300 million and denied that Diane Abbott had caused any embarrassment to the Labour Party's latest policy!
The fact is, if you recruit 2500 additional officers each year the cost goes up exponentially.

It's basic mathematics! - In year 1 at an average wage of £30,000 per recruit, the cost will be £75 million for 2500 recruits.

Year 2 the wage bill will be £150 million, as you now have 5000 officers!

In year 3 it will be £225 million and in year 4, £300 million, creating a total wage bill of £750 million.
A bit more than the £80 million announced by the bungling dyscalculia affected Abbott or the £300 million spouted by the equally challenged Costello!

Then of course there’s the added expense of training these 10,000, extra officers, which neither politician thought to mention; - nor the other costs associated with this initiative, like their pension contributions, their uniforms, their radios, cameras, and numerous bits of essential equipment. (Not to mention the ubiquitous 4x4 BMW apiece) - which, all in all, will well exceed £1 billion in additional funding over and above the added funding needed to keep police forces at current levels.
I can't wait till the next fully costed policy announcement. Perhaps this time from Stan & Ollie? 

Yep' Another fine mess they're getting us into!


  1. I'd also be interested in the figures which support Ashton's MP, Angela Rayner's current election leaflet comment of "More tax cuts for the richest (and Tax Rises for the rest of us)".

    Throughout 99% of Labour's recent 13 years in office, the tax rate for top earners was 40%. For one month of their rule, that rate went up to 50%. It's now 45%. I've had a word with the village idiot and been assured that 45% is higher than 40%.

    The personal tax allowance for us plebs when Labour left office in 2010 was £6,475 and for this financial year is £11,500. That's an increase of 75% against an inflation rate of about 24% during that period.

    Unfortunately, the Tories don't seem to have the gumption to question or counter Labour's claims.

  2. Hard to believe ANYONE could vote for such a shambolic outdated collection of 'class warrior' Marxists who are, in reality, little more than overgrown students.

  3. Brilliant post, wouldn't trust Abbott & Costello, as you call them, to run a fish and chip successfully. No doubt the mentally challenged electorate and you know who will vote for them though.

  4. Left vs Right is now irrelevant.
    The future is globalists vs patriots.

  5. Angela Rayner is another one who had trouble with figures recently about how many children in school are in class sizes above 30 with Labour's plan to cut class sizes. Either have figures or admit you don't know them instead of skirting round the question.

  6. Class sizes in England are growing as the population increases. The cause is a third of a millon extra net immigrants into Britain every year - the vast majority into England. That doesn't include ANY illegal immigrants.

    1. Unfortunately, net immigration figures are a smokescreen to disguise the fact that inward immigration has been equivalent to a city the size of Edinburgh each year for the past 18 years.

  7. That's why every spare piece of land in Tameside is being auctioned by the council, to build more houses and cram even more people in.
    The mass building plans on virgin countryside in places like Godley and Mottram are an utter disgrace.


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