I was almost more annoyed at George Osborne and Ian Hislop. Surely one of them could have stood up, and yelled, "in 2006/07, Gordon Brown spent FIVE HUNDRED AND EIGHTY-SIX POINT SIX BILLION FUCKING POUNDS—and you are squabbling over whether we can recoup three and a half! It's less than 0.6% of the government's total spend last year! What the fucking shit are you moaning about, you cheap fucking cunts!"
Osborne should have done it, and slapped the bloody statists' argument like it was a ginger stepchild. He didn't.
To add insult to moronic bleating, Ruth Kelly kept whimpering on about how Gordon Brown was prudent and always costed things up, and he was a real man and he was just the best thing since sliced tripe and he didn't promise unfunded tax cuts like what the Tories were... NO! NO! SHUT THE FUCK UP, KELLY!
Your one-eyed fucktrumpet of a leader put us £163 billion in hock last year, not including the ever-mounting scale of the off-balance sheet PFI debts, valued at around £90 billion so far! Shut the fuck up about prudence, you fucking little Gordo-whore.
I wanted just to break through my TV into the studio and shake Osborne: come on you bastard! Most people have no conception of exactly how much of our money is being spent by the state every single year: the figures should have been thrust forward at every possible opportunity.
I will admit that there was one very satisfying moment though, when NuLabour's bullshit over the non-dom figures was exposed. It is most easily explained via Osborne's letter.
Dear Permanent Secretary,
On 30th April 2007, the then Economic Secretary, Ed Balls MP told the House of Commons, "Information is not held on overseas income and gains that do not give rise to a tax liability in the UK."
As the then Paymaster General, Dawn Primarolo MP told the House on 8th March 2007, this is because non-doms are not required to disclose this information: "In general, individuals do not have to inform HMRC of their foreign income or gains unless this is relevant to their UK tax liability."
Last night, the Labour Party distributed a press release which stated: "The Treasury's initial estimate, on best information available, is that just 15,000 current non-domicile residents have foreign income in excess of £62,000."
I am writing to ask you to explain why it is the case that information which the Treasury refused to give to Parliament appears to have been given to the Labour Party. Or, will you confirm that the statement made to Parliament this Spring remains the case.
As I am sure you agree, it is essential that the principle of civil service impartiality is not jeopardised, particularly during this period of speculation about a forthcoming general election.
I would be grateful if you could reply to me with an explanation, by this evening.
Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer
Ian Hislop then pointed out that Private Eye had been trying to get hold of this information for about three years and been consistently turned with the same excuse as used to Osborne: that HMRC did not keep this data.
This is, it turns out, obviously a blatant lie and, just for once, Ruth Kelly had to shut her fucking cakehole and take the shit being doled out to her.
It's just a pity that no one in the audience thought to bring some eggs—or preferably a half-brick or two—to throw at the fucking mendacious, hoarse-voiced nutjob.