When It Comes To Spink: Lynne Jones Is ‘a little deaf’

ON 6TH APRIL, Bob Spink, our local MP, decided to intervene in Lynne Jones’ farewell speech to parliament. (Lynne was the far-left Labour MP for Birmingham, Solihull, who took parliament by surprise when she announced her intention to stand-down in the forthcoming general election).

Lynne was making some intelligent observations regarding the Tories’ opposition to the proposed national insurance increase – and it was apparently Bob’s intention to seek her duplicity in making another attack on the Conservative party; but it did not quite go the way he had planned.

The following is the extract from Hansard…

Lynne Jones: We also need to consider other ways of making taxation fair. The Conservative party is castigating the Government for the increase in national insurance. I am unhappy about that change because it will affect everyone, but I am not at all happy about the alternative of meeting the £6 million gap that will result from the Tory promise on national insurance. Meeting it by increasing VAT would be even more regressive. Why do we have an upper threshold as well as a lower threshold for national insurance? Rather than having an across-the-board increase of 1 per cent., why should we not extend the upper limit? The 1 per cent. rate goes higher up the threshold; perhaps we could recoup some of the money lost through not levying the national insurance increases by raising the threshold.

We should also consider property taxes. They are easy to collect and difficult to evade, but the only property tax that we have is the council tax. That is unfair because people with lower-value properties pay proportionately more than those with mansions. There should be a small taxation on increases in the value of land resulting from public investment, as it would be difficult for rich people to evade.

Bob Spink: Before the hon. Lady moves too far from VAT and the Tories, does she share my concern about the refusal of the Tory shadow Chancellor to rule out future tax rises if the Tories get into Government? Whatever other Tory Front-Bench spokesmen say about VAT, the shadow Chancellor flatly refuses to rule it out.

Lynne Jones: I am sorry, but I did not hear what the hon. Gentleman said. Did he mention class sizes?

Bob Spink: No; I said that the shadow Chancellor refuses to rule out future tax rises.

Lynne Jones: I am sorry, but I am a little deaf. I do not see how the shadow Chancellor can rule out future tax rises. In some ways, I would prefer progressive tax rises to cuts in services that would affect the vulnerable.

It is time that I began to wind up…

So what does this tell us about Spink and his parties’ economic policies?

According to his latest Yellow Advertiser advert he would introduce a better state pension; provide free prescriptions and hospital parking; scrap tuition fees; provide facilities for children of all ages; produce cheaper halls and greens for clubs; improve parks and leisure facilities; but, as his intervention shows, he would also refuse to increase taxes or VAT.

Bob apparently believes that running the country is no different from being an ‘independent’ MP: it is just a matter of signing the paperwork and the funds will magically appear.

Fortunately, Spink will never be Prime Minister. Neither will he ever share in the power of a majority parliament – or in one that the electorate has hung. He will never have the ear of ministers or be able to contribute to the direction taken by government or the policies it adopts. All he can offer this constituency is the odd Early Day Motion with a few accompanying signatures – and the odd line in Hansard where he chases a sound-bite or presents one of his infamous petitions.

The three main parties are fielding excellent candidates this year in both the general and local elections. This, at a time when our country is faced with its largest ever financial deficit; an ongoing terrorist threat; a war in Afghanistan; a new instability in Northern Ireland; rising crime; unsustainable immigration and a complete breakdown in social values.

We need problem solvers; not problem makers. Mediators; not protesters. Leaders; and not blind sheep with no vision for improving this island or borough.

Difficult times lie ahead for all of us – and we do not need the likes of Spink making things worse; or poking his parliamentary proboscis into local politics at the request of his ‘independent’ friends (and at taxpayers’ expense)..

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3 Responses

  1. Apparently he does this a lot interrupting speakers with unrelated topics that just cause the speaker to loose their allotted time and brings the whole system down, this is not the only technique he uses to increase his profile
     He as received Answers to 995 Written Questions in the last year – well above average amongst MP’s” at an average cost of a Written Question being £154, In my book that adds up to £153.230! Add that to his expences and Bob is very expensive.
    We all pay for this waste of valuable Parliamentary time just so Bob Spink and say he is the hardest working MP .
    He is fast becoming the laughing stock of Westminster and tarnishing Castle Point in the process.

  2. You take no account of the massive number of Early Day Motions he puts forward at a similar cost to the Taxpayers of Castle Point.

    How many of the EDM’s or Written Questions are relevant to Castle Point ? I have assessed it is about 8% .so not only is he wasting taxpayers money he is doing it purely to furthe rhis own ego and as you say Simon he uses these figures to suggest he is the most hard working MP .

    6th May ..his last day .

  3. apparently he has his 7 remaining party candidates on Canvey canvassing, why ? they are mainland candidates only .

    He has just one aim and it is all for him, the poor candidates he has convinced to stand for his fake party are just sacrificial pawns in his game to try and get re-elected.

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