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09/02/2016

Jo Coburn looks at David Cameron's warnings about the consequences of leaving the EU and the Institute for Fiscal Studies' analysis ahead of next month's Budget.


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Hello and welcome to the Daily Politics.

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Will George Osborne have to raise taxes

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if he wants to balance Britain's books?

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The Institute of Fiscal Studies thinks the Chancellor may have to,

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or cut spending if he wants to, and the think tank is warning

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Mr Osborne faces a ?2 billion black hole

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because of turmoil on the global stock markets.

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The leader of the Scottish Tories, Ruth Davidson,

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is revving up for the elections in May,

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but can they do the unthinkable and come second ahead of Labour?

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Will MPs end up with egg on their face on pancake day?

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A bit of momentum behind me on that last lap! Yeah, we did all right, I

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thought be looked tasty. -- the competition looked tasty.

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And mastering the art of the great British photo opportunity.

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and with us for the duration, queen of photo-shoots,

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leader of the Conservatives in Scotland, MSP Ruth Davidson.

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Now first let's talk about the so-called Jungle in Calais

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and David Cameron, because the PM has been accused

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of scaremongering for claiming that leaving the EU

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could lead to migrant camps in Britain.

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Ruth Davidson, was it wise for the Prime Minister to resort to Project

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Fear? I don't believe that he did, and I think it is absolutely fair

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comment to say that at the moment we have an agreement that was worked

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out between Britain and France that sees the border at Calais, and it

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does not see these things in the UK. What has been interesting is the

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number of people who have come out tonight to back the PM's position.

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And French interior ministry sources have said otherwise, that there were

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no plans to cancel the agreement. You do hear that no plans line from

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governments quite often. The Prime Minister was talking about

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opposition politicians in France. But if you look at the people

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backing him, Labour Home Secretary David Blunkett, a former head of the

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border control agency, independent academics, the UK ambassador to

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France, all of whom say that the Prime Minister is right to highlight

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that this could happen. But let me just say this, I do not think any of

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us saw the migrant crisis two years ago, not of us can see where it is

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going to go or how it is going to end, what if it is going to end. So

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it was right for the Prime Minister to say that this is something we

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worked hard to get agreement on, and the agreement is working. You don't

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think he resorted to Project Fear, using various sources to back up its

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claim, but has it backfired in terms of making people think, you know

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what, I am going to go in the outcome? If you look at the papers,

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some which would normally be sympathetic to David Cameron, it has

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backfired. I think people to understand that when they are voting

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in referendum on European, whether we should stay part of the EU or

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not, that voting is not on the prime Minster's renegotiation... Because

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that is not going to sway votes one way or the other. I came out last

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summer and made a speech about how I thought we were on balance in.

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Because it is an empty negotiation. We have got conditions that make it

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better for us, but it is naive to suggest that we were going to get

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everything we wanted. I do not think any membership organisation gives

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any member everything it wants, but it was a better deal than when I

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came out a year ago to say, on balance, it was worth it. And to

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stay in. It is up to people across people -- across the UK to decide

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whether it is good for them. Look at the Scottish referendum, the

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positive and negative messaging played rather well in terms of the

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SNP, they did not win, but that is what harmed many people felt,

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staying in the European campaign? It is interesting you use the phrase

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Project Fear, the only people I heard using that were the SNP trying

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to disparage things going through in Scotland. We were told we were being

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mercilessly pessimistic to suggest we could challenge the idea that the

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oil price would stay and $113 a barrel in perpetuity, which is what

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the nationalist' white paper was based on. We will talk about that

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later in the programme. The question for today

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is which of these lots fetched the highest bid at the annual

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Conservative Party black and white ball,

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held last night in London? with mayoral candidate

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Zac Goldsmith, a ?1,000 voucher

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for Kurt Geiger shoes, At the end of the show, Ruth

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will give us the correct answer. Now, those in the know

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know that George Osborne wants to balance Britain's books

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by the end of the decade, but according

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to a new report by the IFS, there could be a number of stumbling

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blocks in the Chancellor's way. In fact, the Institute

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of Fiscal Studies says Mr Osborne will have to break a number

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of records "boxed in by his own rule,"

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the IFS say, It highlights that public spending

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is already at historically low levels,

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and that there are a number of tax promises and other mainfesto

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commitments still to pay for, to cover the cost of increasing

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the personal allowance threshold. But many of the contributors

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to the Treasury coffers are looking weaker than forecast,

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particularly income tax, highlighted last week by

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the Bank of England's downgrade And the IFS estimates that

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if average earnings rise by 1% less 5 billion of income tax

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and national insurance revenues. The turmoil recently experienced

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on the global markets could also cost ?2 billion in lower

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capital gains tax receipts. The IFS believes

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this combination of factors will mean he Chancellor

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will either have to raise taxes to run a surplus eight times

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in the last 60 years, so whatever he chooses,

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the Chancellor has his work cut out Joining us is the director of the

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IFS, Paul Johnson, welcome to the Daily Politics. Is it more or less

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50-50 whether George Osborne can eliminate the deficit in this

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parliament without further tax rises? Given what he has set out at

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the moment, 50-50 probably at best now, given that the economy has got

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worse since he made his last forecasts just three months ago, so

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yes, a 50-50 shot he will have to do something else, increase taxes or

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cut spending. Because the overall economy is not looking as strong as

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we thought or indeed he thought. It was always not far off a 50-50 shot,

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because whilst the forecast was for a 10 billion surplus, that is a

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pretty small margin for error. There was always a pretty good shot that

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he would not do more, and it has got more likely in the last three

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months. He overestimated what he was going to get in terms of action

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revenues -- tax revenues, now average earnings have stalled. How

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worried are you? It is right to talk about the turmoil in the

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international markets, showing there is turbulence at there, and I think

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that is a reason for us to stick to the plan that is delivering a cut in

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the deficit, encouraging inward investment, growing the economy

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faster than other major nations, and has seen record employment in the

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country. Use a pointing to the global markets, that is not what the

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Tories did in opposition. -- you say. Either it is the Government's

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fold or always the fault of outside factors. I was just suggesting that

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in your introduction to the IFS piece, it was 2% globally wiped off

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markets. Buddy has not fixed the roof while the sun was shining, by

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promising further tax cuts. -- but he has. We had one of the largest

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structural deficits, and we have brought that down. People have

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consistently underestimated George Osborne, we had people right at the

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beginning, when he was talking about rebalancing the UK economy, people

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like David Blanchflower, and we now have record employment. I think that

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he has proven to be quite adept at staring elite steering our country

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through some difficult times globally, and other countries wish

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they could have the same outlook as the UK right now. Paul Johnson, is

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one of the problems that George Osborne could not make the cut he

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wanted to in terms of tax credits? The overarching issue is that he set

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a fixed target for 2019, not like the targets he was running in the

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last Parliament, and that means if he is going to keep to it, he will

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have to do some big tax rises or spending cuts in addition to what he

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has suggested. The welfare cuts are part of that, actually they do not

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make that much difference in terms of where he will be in 2019, partly

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because those welfare cuts are still there. When he went back on that, he

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made sure that nobody was losing in the short run, but that the system

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would be less generous in the longer run. So those will be less generous,

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and you fought those cuts to tax credits, left-wing Tories, we could

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call you, like you and others, told George Osborne he could not ?12

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billion in benefits. I welcome these changes, I said at the time that it

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is right we move from a high welfare, low-wage economy, but the

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thing that I had an issue with was the way it worked in the interim,

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the people who would be hurt would be the ones we are trying to help.

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Getting people back into work, raising the minimum wage, taking the

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lowest paid at tax altogether... But they will be hit in a few years'

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time. We are trying to make sure there is less need for in-work

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benefits. And increase in wages is stalling. That is why will see the

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increase in the minimum wage in the next this, cruel year. It is clear

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that George Osborne will either have to cut benefits or increase taxes to

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meet his own fiscal rule and have a surplus, was that a stupid fiscal

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rule? I don't think it was, there are people who have battened down

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the hatches during these last few years to try to make sure that we

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all pull together to get our economy back on track after the largest

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structural deficit of any major economy anywhere in the world, and

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they want to know when the sun will be shining again and we're not

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paying more in debt interest than we are on the budget of Scotland, which

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is what we do at the moment. There is no sign of that happening any

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time soon, so would you prefer to get to that surplus with tax rises

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or further cuts? I think the Chancellor has charted a course, he

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has been consistently second-guessed by people and he has proven them

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wrong. So you think he will be able to hit the surplus without those

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cuts or tax rises? There have been other analysts who have said that he

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has not been able to make the achievements that he has, and I will

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wait and see with interest is Budget in March. It is wait and see, these

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forecasts are always uncertain, we are not looking at for sure going to

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miss this, but we do know that he has promised 8 billion of tax cuts,

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which he will have to fund from somewhere, and we do know that

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things have got worse in the economy than they were back in the autumn.

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The question is, and I am sure this is a hypothetical at the moment, but

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if, as is certainly plausible, the forecast turns out less good than a

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couple of months ago, what is it going to do? That will be one of the

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biggest choices he has made, because he did not have to make these

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choices in the last Parliament. He was able to push them back, he will

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not be able to this time around. He has not got much wiggle room, I know

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it is hypothetical, but whatever happens. He really doesn't, 10

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billion sounds like a lot of money, but out of more than 700 billion

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four years out, it is a small amount of space that he has given himself.

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That is why the OBR, they are saying there is a 45% chance he will not

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make this, unless he does something additional. We're not saying he will

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definitely do it, but there is a good chance, and then the question

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is, which way will he go? Paul Johnson, thank you.

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Now, are the Tories guilty of over-spending

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An investigation by Channel 4 News seems to think so.

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The Conservatives were badly losing members to Ukip, and votes.

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But what Tory high command feared most was Ukip getting their first

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Farage and his party had to be stopped -

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Channel 4 News has obtained a wealth of information which reveals just

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how much the Conservatives spent on three Parliamentary by-elections

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in 2014, and appeared to show a contempt for the law,

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a law designed to create a level playing field and prevent any party

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These detailed receipts seem to show how, in each case,

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the Conservatives simply bust the ?100,000 legal spending limit

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And Michael Crick from Channel 4 News is with us now.

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It can you summarise what has happened in your mind? During the

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by-election campaigns, I covered all three, there were strong suspicions

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the Conservatives were spending a huge amount of money. The Liberal

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Democrats Inuit accuse them of spending a quarter of a million, the

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legal limit is 100,000. We have obtained hotel bills from several of

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the hotels in each of those campaigns, and they are huge

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amounts. Rochester, campaigns, and they are huge

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?56,000. The electoral commission guidance, whereby candidates and

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agents fill in forms at the end of the campaign and said they fitted

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within the ?100,000 limit, say you have to include hotels for party

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workers, and the bills we have obtained not only showed the amounts

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but which party workers were staying there and how much each room cost.

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Would it have changed the outcomes of those by-elections? No, the

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Conservatives won new work fairly easily by a majority of 7000, and

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Ukip one in Clacton and Rochester, but there are important principles

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here. What was notable about all three campaigns is how pathetic,

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frankly, the Labour campaign was, and Labour argued privately, we

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cannot mount a proper campaign here because we will be outspent,

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whatever we do, by the Conservatives, so they didn't

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bother. I think there were political reasons why they didn't bother, at

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one point Newark and Rochester were Labour seats but they had problems

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with Miliband and so on. Which laws have been broken if your allegations

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are backed up? Representation of the people act makes it clear you have

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to stick within limits the level playing field and so on. The trouble

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is it is too late to prosecute for the by-elections because you can

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only prosecute within 12 months. Some lawyers think it might be

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possible to put together a conspiracy charge, whereby he would

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argue there was a deliberate attempt to deceive and mislead, mislead

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rather than deceive, I think, returning officers in these three

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constituencies. What is the Conservative Party saying? They are

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denying it? They said they have Obeida Nahas but they have not

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explained why the hotels were attributed to the home address of

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one of their leading officials rather than Conservative

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headquarters, was it a deliberate attempt to mislead or not? -- they

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said they obeyed the laws. We did try to get somebody from the

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Conservative Party did talk about it but have not managed to. They said

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they stayed within spending limits, so does it stay with the police,

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even if it is outside the time limit, or does it go to the

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electoral commission, or both? The trouble with this, nobody really

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wants to handle it. The electoral commission said they only handle

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national limits, they say it is the job of the returning officers. The

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returning officers take the return in, look after it, make it available

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to the public, but they say it is not their job to check the returns,

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they say it is for the police. The police say, we don't want to get

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involved. So nobody really polices that! The electoral commission have

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asked for greater powers from the Government but said the Government

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has not responded. Should there be greater power was for the electoral

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commission to investigate this? Is this a serious allegation and, if

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found to be flouting the law, is it a serious charge? We are holding

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talks in Scotland, we know the rules regarding by-elections and always

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declare everything with regards to the law. I think the rules exist for

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the reason Michael says, to make sure that democracy in the UK is

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preserved. I think it is important that people uphold the law. Would

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you like to see it investigate it? If there is something that needs to

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be looked at... Michael Crick says he has the evidence, should the

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party be scrutinised? All parties should be scrutinised at every

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election for what they declare, it is the reason for the declarations

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in the first place, but I would stress my colleagues in the party

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down south said they declared everything required to them under

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the law. Is that the end of your investigation? No, we will have more

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tonight on what happened in Thanet South during the general election,

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for which the 12 months is not yet up. All right, thank you.

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Now hands up who wants to succeed David Cameron

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Our guest of the day says she doesn't, and she doesn't

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necessarily think the so-called front runners,

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like George Osborne, Boris Johnson or Teresa May, should either.

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Instead, she thinks someone young and fresh

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from the 2010 intake might do better.

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So who's in the running? I know a man who knows.

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Alex Donohue from Ladbrokes is on College Green.

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What are the odds on the front runners? Of that 2010 intake, Sajid

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Javid has a at odds, ten - one. He was 25- won a short while ago but

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his odds have been coming in as a lot of people maybe start to look

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for alternatives to the hot favourites like George Osborne at

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2-1 will stop we have put roof on the board at 50-1. Is certainly

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dogged the opposition but at one time on this board at 100 to one, so

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anything is possible! -- a certain leader of the the. You have to say

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that every time! We have got Nicky Morgan on 25-1, Liz Truss on 33-1,

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Jacob Rees Mogg is the outsider at 100-1. We think Sajid Javid has the

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best chance because he was around 33-1 but his odds are definitely

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coming in and it would not surprise me if his odds shorten against in

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the coming months. If it heating up already? It certainly will do, the

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referendum have a big say on that but people are looking to back some

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outsiders at longer odds the further out we are. Thank you very much.

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And with us now is a 2010 Conservative MP, Jacob Rees-Mogg.

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Welcome, are you heartened that you odds have been shortened? No, I was

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not paying attention to this amusing game! But there is one good point in

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it, which is that the Conservative Party, since the war, has only

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chosen the front runner once, and that was a disaster, it was after

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Anthony Eden it has always been the outsider. David Cameron, Iain Duncan

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Smith, Alec Douglas Hume came from nowhere to win. It is not likely to

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be one of the front runners. So you don't think George Osborne? I also

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think, which comes on to this, it won't be somebody that backs the

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stage campaign because the bulk of the voters are out-ers. The majority

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of the party makes me look like a Europhile, the majority is sceptic

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and will not want somebody who played a prominent role in the stage

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campaign. What do you say on that point, is Jacob Rees Mogg right? I

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never had you down as one of the 2010 intake, I thought you were a

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member in the 19th-century! But I like the fact that I appear to be

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twice as likely to become the next leader despite the fact I'm not an

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MP and does it in the House of Commons! Would you like to rule

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yourself out?! I have no interest at all! You would be brilliant! As for

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the question about whether the candidate supports remaining in the

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EU or breaking away, that it won't be somebody that wants to stay in? I

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think it depends a lot on timing, if there is a change of in leadership

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post to the referendum it will play a part but if there is clear water

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it will be less of that. The thing that unites all of the leadership

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contests we have had in the party, the party may pick outsiders but

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they always look like winners, unlike the Labour Party who prize

:23:51.:23:53.

purity of thought over efficacy of results. Although we could look at

:23:54.:23:57.

William Hague, Iain Duncan Smith, Michael Howard, they were not

:23:58.:24:04.

winners in that sense. I think if you look particularly at how William

:24:05.:24:09.

Hague has gone on to develop, I think we're missing from the House

:24:10.:24:12.

of Commons, you must remember. He was a man of infinite gifts. In your

:24:13.:24:18.

mind, you wrote an article where you suggest the next leader could come

:24:19.:24:21.

from the 2010 generation, what is wrong with anyone who came before

:24:22.:24:25.

that? You thought Jacob Rees Mogg was there before... He won't thank

:24:26.:24:32.

me for mentioning it again, but somebody from 2005, Stephen Crabb,

:24:33.:24:36.

the current Welsh Secretary, somebody that I have a real

:24:37.:24:42.

friendship with, and whose gifts and warmth and life story is much closer

:24:43.:24:47.

to the people of Britain, he is a very good communicator. I would like

:24:48.:24:50.

to see him get a big job in Government. But I think what is

:24:51.:24:53.

interesting about this is how many people you can see on the road to

:24:54.:24:59.

Number Ten, but you cannot see that the current Labour leader. Do you

:25:00.:25:03.

agree of the current 2010 intake, could there be a generation skipped?

:25:04.:25:08.

It often happens, Michael Crick said to me before I came that the

:25:09.:25:14.

Conservative Party to go with the person that entered the house most

:25:15.:25:17.

recently and is the youngest, so it may well be 2015. It tends to be

:25:18.:25:24.

that the new leader is a fresh face. But where we are lucky, and this

:25:25.:25:28.

must be to David Cameron's credit, we have got so many people to pick

:25:29.:25:32.

from who are credible, good candidates, and that is a good

:25:33.:25:39.

position to be in. Let's stick with the Tories for the moment, that is

:25:40.:25:44.

the party would you both belong to. Talking about inners and outers, who

:25:45.:25:57.

would represent the out campaign? The high-profile figures in the

:25:58.:26:00.

party are making up their minds as to which way to jump. Which ones?

:26:01.:26:05.

The great Mayor of London is still making up his mind, but if he jumps

:26:06.:26:10.

to stay in his chances of getting the leadership vanished because he

:26:11.:26:14.

offers nothing against George Osborne all the others who want to

:26:15.:26:18.

stay in. At an intermediate level, I think there are so many people

:26:19.:26:26.

thinking of going for out, Sajid Javid's chances would be

:26:27.:26:30.

fundamentally improved in that final round backing out. Would he get your

:26:31.:26:36.

vote? I hold him in the highest regard. So, yes? He is really good

:26:37.:26:44.

news and he has a brother living in my constituency, he has a strong

:26:45.:26:48.

Somerset connection so I always back, set when I can! Do you rule

:26:49.:26:56.

yourself out? I don't need to rule myself out because nobody would rule

:26:57.:27:03.

me in! That is the honest truth! In terms of being on the winning side,

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would that not be more important in terms of leadership contenders,

:27:09.:27:12.

whichever side wins? No, oddly being on the losing side could be very

:27:13.:27:17.

helpful, because, as a nation, we always like a gallant loser, so the

:27:18.:27:22.

person who leads the leave campaign, which I think will actually win, but

:27:23.:27:28.

the person who lost would be seen as brave, courageous, and appealed to

:27:29.:27:38.

the grassroots. Likewise, the people on the stay site may find that if

:27:39.:27:42.

they fail they are more easily forgiven them if they succeed. As in

:27:43.:27:47.

Scotland, they vote to stay in the United Kingdom but then vote SNP. We

:27:48.:27:53.

will see something similar happen. Before we let you go, to go back to

:27:54.:27:57.

your comparison of Anthony Eden, left waiting too long, do you think

:27:58.:28:01.

that could happen to George Osborne? George Osborne is brilliant and

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successful as Chancellor, he may be on the wrong side of the European

:28:08.:28:10.

argument and that will make his leadership ambitions very hard to

:28:11.:28:11.

aspire. Thank you. If the press is to believed,

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Ruth Davidson here is popular in Scotland, with the media and even

:28:16.:28:23.

with people who will probably She's gay, likes a drink,

:28:24.:28:26.

is a Christian, used to be a member of the TA and doesn't mind

:28:27.:28:31.

pulling a punch or two. And it appears she is turning

:28:32.:28:33.

round the fortunes of She doesn't expect to become

:28:34.:28:37.

First Minister in May when Scotland goes to the polls, but she does

:28:38.:28:41.

hope to come second. The other contest gripping Scotland

:28:42.:28:43.

is the battle between Labour and the Conservatives for second

:28:44.:28:50.

place in the summer's elections. Here is the Scottish

:28:51.:28:54.

Conservatives' game plan. Number one,

:28:55.:28:57.

suggest that Labour are so weak, only they can oppose the SNP

:28:58.:29:00.

in the Scottish Parliament. Number two, talk up their

:29:01.:29:03.

charismatic leader, Ruth Davidson. And number three, bring in a whole

:29:04.:29:06.

load of new candidates All of this became clear

:29:07.:29:09.

when I went leafleting with a pair of first-time

:29:10.:29:16.

candidates, Adam Tomkins, a professor of constitutional law

:29:17.:29:19.

who helped come up with plans for more devolution,

:29:20.:29:22.

and Annie Wells, a manager at a famous department store known

:29:23.:29:25.

for its pants and quality food. When did you realise that

:29:26.:29:28.

you were a Conservative at heart? I grew up in Springburn,

:29:29.:29:33.

and it's a very Labour area, It was very industrial,

:29:34.:29:38.

my dad worked And it was just asking my dad,

:29:39.:29:41.

"Why do we vote Labour?" And he said, "It's

:29:42.:29:47.

just because we do." And I decided to go away

:29:48.:29:50.

and have a look at other parties, and the aspirational side

:29:51.:29:53.

of things and the opportunity is what got me with the Scottish

:29:54.:29:58.

Conservatives and conservatism. Now, just listen to how

:29:59.:30:00.

they introduce themselves. Can I give you a wee leaflet

:30:01.:30:03.

this morning for Ruth Davidson? We are campaigning

:30:04.:30:06.

on behalf of Ruth Davidson, Scottish Conservatives in the

:30:07.:30:08.

Parliamentary elections. You only have to stand

:30:09.:30:09.

Ruth Davidson next to the Prime Minister or the Chancellor

:30:10.:30:16.

to see that she is different. She's comprehensively educated,

:30:17.:30:19.

rather than privately educated, she was not born with a silver

:30:20.:30:22.

spoon in her mouth, she's a working class,

:30:23.:30:25.

blue-collar, aspirational Tory. So do you think George Osborne

:30:26.:30:28.

and David Cameron were born with silver spoons

:30:29.:30:31.

in their mouths? I think that Ruth

:30:32.:30:32.

Davidson represents a sort of Scottish conservatism

:30:33.:30:37.

that is blue-collar, working-class, aspirational

:30:38.:30:39.

Toryism, which is cutting through on the doorstep

:30:40.:30:50.

all of the time as we speak. Ruth is up against the other first

:30:51.:30:52.

ladies of Scottish politics - who wants another independence

:30:53.:30:55.

referendum, just not yet, and Labour's Kezia Dugdale,

:30:56.:30:58.

who has unveiled an eye-catching pledge to put

:30:59.:31:00.

a penny on income tax in Scotland The Tories seem to be

:31:01.:31:03.

onto something. I wouldn't normally say this,

:31:04.:31:07.

but I think for the first time in my life I'm going

:31:08.:31:10.

to vote Conservative, which I never would

:31:11.:31:12.

have done in England. Really?

:31:13.:31:14.

Because of Ruth Davidson? Yeah, and because I think

:31:15.:31:15.

the Labour Party aren't giving Wow, it's like you have memorised

:31:16.:31:17.

the Scottish Conservative leaflets there that some people

:31:18.:31:22.

have just been handing out. But are they in need

:31:23.:31:24.

of a reality check? We've been here before

:31:25.:31:29.

with the Scottish Conservatives, so in 2010 there were

:31:30.:31:31.

predictions that the party would get ten or 11 seats

:31:32.:31:34.

in the Westminster elections But certainly there has been not

:31:35.:31:36.

just one opinion poll but several opinion polls that show some

:31:37.:31:44.

movement in the Conservatives' favour, though we have to remember

:31:45.:31:46.

that Ruth Davidson has a big mountain to climb, so even a net

:31:47.:31:49.

gain of three seats would take them up to 18, which is just back

:31:50.:31:54.

to where they were in 1999. So to move beyond that

:31:55.:32:00.

and to really move to their best ever result

:32:01.:32:02.

in the Scottish Parliament The Tories coming second in May

:32:03.:32:04.

would be a huge deal, although right now people do seem

:32:05.:32:08.

a bit more interested in the rugby. And with us now from YouGov,

:32:09.:32:12.

the This pollster Peter Kellner. And with us now from YouGov,

:32:13.:32:16.

the pollster Peter Kellner. Peter Kellner, your poll has the

:32:17.:32:27.

Scottish Conservatives one point ahead of Labour, but it is still

:32:28.:32:34.

just one point, not much to celebrate for the Tories. It is not

:32:35.:32:41.

a statistical difference, I would not care to predict whether Labour

:32:42.:32:44.

the Conservatives will come second, but the key thing is, quite clearly,

:32:45.:32:49.

the Conservatives have at least closed the gap on Labour, whether

:32:50.:32:53.

they have overtaken them or not, who knows? But what we find in our poll

:32:54.:33:03.

for Times, 12% of people who voted Labour in the last general election

:33:04.:33:07.

say they will both Conservative in the Holyrood elections. It make me

:33:08.:33:11.

think that some of that will be true converts, some will be people who

:33:12.:33:16.

voted tactically for Labour to stop the Nationalists, unsuccessfully,

:33:17.:33:19.

but whatever the reason, the fact that it is a tight race, that is

:33:20.:33:24.

remarkable. Psychologically, it could make a big difference that

:33:25.:33:29.

both Labour and the Conservatives, if the Tories came in second, but as

:33:30.:33:41.

you say, statistically, it could be in the margin of error. To talk of a

:33:42.:33:43.

revival of the Scottish Conservatives is premature, isn't

:33:44.:33:46.

it? What we have got compared with a few years ago is a slight revival in

:33:47.:33:49.

the Conservatives, but far more Labour crashing down. It is not

:33:50.:33:56.

massive. So it is not to do with you, not the Tories, it is the poor

:33:57.:34:02.

performance of Labour? We have had four polls since the turn of the

:34:03.:34:08.

year, and every single one of them shows a record high in voting

:34:09.:34:13.

intentions for the Scottish Conservatives. How many show you

:34:14.:34:18.

ahead of Labour? This is the first crossover poll, and the task I have

:34:19.:34:22.

said for my team and my candidates is that, irrespective of anybody

:34:23.:34:26.

else in Scottish politics, we want the best result that we as a party

:34:27.:34:30.

have had since devolution, that is the test for us. How many more seats

:34:31.:34:36.

do you predict the Tories will get? I do not put a number on it with 86

:34:37.:34:46.

more campaigning days to go. As a minimum? The best we have added 18,

:34:47.:34:49.

and I am asking for more. 19 is the minimum. I think we are on course to

:34:50.:34:54.

do that, a lot of people are changing to us, not just Labour, but

:34:55.:34:59.

Lib Dem voters as well. We are the only one of the pro UK parties that

:35:00.:35:11.

are not ashamed of our part in the referendum. There is still a big

:35:12.:35:15.

divide about independence and a second referendum, and we are the

:35:16.:35:21.

only party saying... Can I come in? We will stand firm in saying there

:35:22.:35:24.

will be no second referendum in Scotland, so there is a lot of work

:35:25.:35:31.

to do ahead of the referendum, but a lot of messages to take to the

:35:32.:35:37.

people of Scotland. I think it is significant, Kezia Dugdale, the new

:35:38.:35:42.

Labour leader, still has a badly negative rating, far more people

:35:43.:35:48.

think she is doing badly done well. Ruth has a positive rating. In spite

:35:49.:35:54.

of the party? It is despite the Conservative Party, Ruth is reaching

:35:55.:35:58.

beyond the traditional Tory tribes in Scotland, and that must be a

:35:59.:36:03.

precursor to the possibility of gaining votes. You mentioned an

:36:04.:36:09.

independence referendum, Scottish Labour have talked about allowing

:36:10.:36:14.

their members to campaign for independence, the Lib Dems too, you

:36:15.:36:21.

will not do that. Absolutely not, we are the Conservative and Unionist

:36:22.:36:27.

Party. Will that limit your potential votes? I care more about

:36:28.:36:30.

the country than I care about the Conservative Party, I stood for two

:36:31.:36:34.

years and fought to keep the country together. So you do not want to

:36:35.:36:39.

appeal to those voters? I want to appeal to them to keep the country

:36:40.:36:43.

together, we are better off together. How do you come to the

:36:44.:36:49.

fact that one Conservative Party MP was sent to Westminster? It must be

:36:50.:36:53.

clear that David Cameron is still a toxic brand for you over the border.

:36:54.:36:58.

It says to me, let's work harder to get more MPs in in 2020, and you

:36:59.:37:04.

start by rebuilding your party. I am trying to take it from our worst

:37:05.:37:08.

ever result in a Holyrood election, before I became leader, to our best

:37:09.:37:12.

ever result in one Parliamentary term, and we are on course to do it

:37:13.:37:15.

and potentially beat the Labour Party. You said she was being

:37:16.:37:24.

modest! I wanted to ask Ruth a question comedy you think the

:37:25.:37:27.

Scottish Conservatives needs to have a different, more generous policy on

:37:28.:37:32.

welfare than in England? The bad news in our poll is that the Scots,

:37:33.:37:37.

unlike the English, are quite content to sit taxes rise in order

:37:38.:37:43.

to have more spending on public services, more spent on welfare. Do

:37:44.:37:47.

you see your party moving to a slightly more left-wing position on

:37:48.:37:51.

these issues than the English party? The Scottish voters are more left

:37:52.:37:55.

wing on these issues. I think we are going to put that to the electoral

:37:56.:38:00.

test in 86 days' time, two parties will be saying we are not putting up

:38:01.:38:05.

taxes, two will say we are, and we will see which way voters jump. I

:38:06.:38:10.

would suggest the SNP and the Conservatives may have a better

:38:11.:38:18.

election than the Labour Party and the Liberal Democrats, who both say

:38:19.:38:21.

they will put up tax on every worker in Scotland. In terms of welfare, do

:38:22.:38:24.

you give up from the Conservatives at Westminster? You have mentioned

:38:25.:38:27.

the times I have spoken out, and there is way too much you can look

:38:28.:38:33.

at the other there, but let's not forget the title caters Scottish

:38:34.:38:37.

attitude survey, the gold standard for this, so it is a mixed picture.

:38:38.:38:48.

Are you still damaged by association with the Westminster wing of your

:38:49.:38:54.

party? Are you damaged by the images of David Cameron and George Osborne?

:38:55.:38:59.

I don't think that we are, and if you look at the poll, more people

:39:00.:39:03.

say the Prime Minister is doing a good job in Scotland than currently

:39:04.:39:06.

say they are indicating they will vote for the Conservative Party. You

:39:07.:39:10.

are happy to campaign with him? You will see him up in Scotland very

:39:11.:39:15.

soon, we had him up two weeks ago for the Aberdeen city deal, no

:39:16.:39:19.

problems at all. But this is about who will take on Nicola Sturgeon,

:39:20.:39:28.

and I think the Labour Party, nine years as the official opposition,

:39:29.:39:30.

have not laid a glove on the SNP, so something has to change. If the

:39:31.:39:33.

voters do not change the government, I think they should change the

:39:34.:39:36.

opposition. So why is the term Tory delay term of abuse for some people

:39:37.:39:42.

in Scotland? What is it? I think, why you think opposition parties in

:39:43.:39:49.

a 0-sum game in an election use Tory as some form of abuse? It is because

:39:50.:39:54.

they are opposition parties, because we're all in competition against

:39:55.:39:58.

each other. I do not use the word separatist as an idea that is

:39:59.:40:02.

somehow good, that is kind of what you do in politics, isn't it? I do

:40:03.:40:06.

not think that is just Scotland, it is down here as well, calling people

:40:07.:40:13.

within the Labour Party a Tory as well. That is exactly the point, it

:40:14.:40:18.

is a deflection tactic, why is Toryism a term of abuse for so many

:40:19.:40:24.

people? This is historic roots. Still? 40 or 50 years ago, the

:40:25.:40:28.

Conservatives were the biggest party in Scotland, there was a period when

:40:29.:40:31.

I was a young lad many decades ago when they were more popular in

:40:32.:40:36.

Scotland than in England, and that crashed away in the 1970s and 1980s.

:40:37.:40:42.

Margaret Thatcher was unpopular, the poll tax came first to Scotland

:40:43.:40:49.

before England, and a lot of Scots still feel not just strongly about

:40:50.:40:51.

the poll tax, but about how Scotland was used as a laboratory by a

:40:52.:40:55.

right-wing London government, so there is a lot of baggage. If the

:40:56.:41:01.

Conservatives come second in Scotland in May, it will only be

:41:02.:41:07.

21%, not 35% or 40%, there is a long way to get back to where they were

:41:08.:41:11.

when I was growing up. Peter Kellner, thank you.

:41:12.:41:13.

Crunch talks resumed this yesterday but broke up without agreement

:41:14.:41:16.

on the financial arrangements to accompany the Scotland Bill.

:41:17.:41:18.

Everyone says they want a new fiscal framework agreed soon

:41:19.:41:20.

so it can be scrutinised by Holyrood.

:41:21.:41:22.

if it ran up and bit you in the rear?

:41:23.:41:28.

Do you know what the fiscal framework is?

:41:29.:41:30.

No, I've got no idea, something to do with economics,

:41:31.:41:33.

but I'm not really interested in that, sorry.

:41:34.:41:35.

Well, you are in the right field, I suppose!

:41:36.:41:37.

No, it's to do with devolution of income tax raising powers.

:41:38.:41:42.

No, it's not a big issue for you, then, is it?

:41:43.:41:48.

So you know that they are going to devolve powers

:41:49.:41:50.

to the Scottish Parliament for raising more income tax,

:41:51.:41:53.

but it's to make sure that Scotland doesn't lose as a result.

:41:54.:41:56.

There you go, you can tell all your friends.

:41:57.:41:58.

If I was to ask you what the fiscal framework is,

:41:59.:42:05.

would you know what I'm talking about?

:42:06.:42:07.

Something about money? Good guess, yeah.

:42:08.:42:09.

Well, yes, it is a framework to do with money, correct, yes!

:42:10.:42:16.

Do you know what the fiscal framework is?

:42:17.:42:18.

I do, yeah. Oh, what is it?

:42:19.:42:21.

It's a new framework for financial policy in the UK.

:42:22.:42:24.

You are the first person who has known that.

:42:25.:42:26.

Are you studying it at uni or something?

:42:27.:42:29.

No, I'm a geographer at university but yeah.

:42:30.:42:31.

Do you think it's something that more people should know about?

:42:32.:42:34.

I think on a large level more people should engage with politics

:42:35.:42:37.

Do you think people understand what it's all about?

:42:38.:42:44.

I think they've got a good understanding, aye,

:42:45.:42:47.

I think they do have quite a good understanding, aye.

:42:48.:42:50.

I have to say most people here in the Meadows

:42:51.:42:52.

Well, it's one thing to know the nuts and bolts,

:42:53.:42:56.

and another thing to have an intuitive appreciation

:42:57.:42:58.

of what's coming your way or not, as the case may be.

:42:59.:43:01.

Are you looking at the fiscal framework on your phone?

:43:02.:43:04.

I am not at all, I have no interest in that whatsoever.

:43:05.:43:07.

Fair enough, I thought you might be looking at the negotiations

:43:08.:43:10.

that are happening today, looking to see the latest.

:43:11.:43:17.

Good try, Adam, lucky old hymn, having to do the fiscal framework

:43:18.:43:22.

with the people! Not many people know what it is, but it is extremely

:43:23.:43:27.

important, it has not been well explained. It is important, I think

:43:28.:43:32.

people do understand about the powers that are coming, income tax

:43:33.:43:35.

powers for the first time, so they're vote in the Holyrood

:43:36.:43:40.

election could cost them money. It is quite a technical issue about how

:43:41.:43:45.

you make deductions from the block grant that can then be topped up by

:43:46.:43:49.

devolving income tax, and it is about the methodology. Do you think

:43:50.:43:54.

a deal will be struck? We have had crunch talks, they broke up without

:43:55.:43:58.

agreement, the SNP are saying they will scupper any deal if there isn't

:43:59.:44:02.

a fair offer for Scotland. There is a deal to be done, a deal that is

:44:03.:44:07.

good for both the UK and Scotland. I want to see powers come to Scotland,

:44:08.:44:14.

I would be disappointed if the SNP used a grievance narrative to walk

:44:15.:44:17.

away from these talks. But if there isn't a fair deal on the basis of a

:44:18.:44:22.

population that is growing more slowly, the oil price, of course,

:44:23.:44:25.

then Scotland will lose out financially. There is already a

:44:26.:44:30.

model in place for a proportion of income tax to be withheld, and that

:44:31.:44:38.

was not thought to be appropriate for the wholesale devolution of

:44:39.:44:41.

income tax, and we have put another model on the table with no

:44:42.:44:44.

detriment, and technically no detriment to the UK or to the

:44:45.:44:48.

Scottish people, so back and forward on different models. I think the

:44:49.:44:53.

negotiations are quite a delicate point, I know my colleagues in the

:44:54.:44:56.

UK Government want a deal to be done. I think it has been an

:44:57.:45:00.

helpful, the amount of... Should they improve their offer is they

:45:01.:45:05.

want a deal to be done? They have come back, having moved

:45:06.:45:08.

substantially on this. We have not seen as much movement from the

:45:09.:45:12.

Scottish Government. I think it has been unhelpfully linked to a

:45:13.:45:14.

negotiation in public by the Scottish Government, so I do not

:45:15.:45:16.

want to go down that same road here. Would you accept that if it was on

:45:17.:45:28.

the table now? It is better than the Barnett Formula that we already

:45:29.:45:32.

have. The SNP, as you would expect this close to an election, are being

:45:33.:45:36.

very political about this but I hope wiser heads prevail and they do not

:45:37.:45:39.

use a narrative that has built up for so long for so many years to

:45:40.:45:44.

scupper a deal that hands power to Scotland that the people expect. Do

:45:45.:45:48.

you think they have made up their mind to walk out on the talks? I

:45:49.:45:52.

think you need to ask Nicola Sturgeon and not me. I think it is

:45:53.:45:56.

good that the other Tory deadline of Valentine's Day has been moved and

:45:57.:46:01.

they have been flexible enough to keep the talks going for a bit

:46:02.:46:06.

longer, it shows good faith. I am encouraged by that. But you would

:46:07.:46:10.

accept it as it stands now? You are happy with the deal? It is better

:46:11.:46:14.

than the current Barnett formula that we have. It is the role of the

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Scottish Government to get the most that they can but I think the

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brinkmanship that they are playing could be damaging to Scotland and I

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want wise heads to prevail and I want a deal done. One to ten, how

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likely is that deal? That is a question for the Scottish

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Government, because the UK Government is committed to make sure

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it happens. Let's cross now

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to Parliament Square, because a protest is taking place

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outside the House of Commons, and the protesters have really

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gone to town. This is my regular route to work

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every morning but this morning I was surprised to see they have started

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fracking, hydraulic fracturing to get gas out of the ground right in

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front of Parliament. I will let you into a secret, it is not real, it is

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a protest by Greenpeace, they set up this baked fracking Ricky, it is

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quite impressive. There we go, the tower with the drill going into the

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ground, probably the least realistic bit! Some weird liquid at the side,

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the occasional puff of smoke, and it is really, really noisy. Earlier

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this morning we had planes coming out of the top but apparently that

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is not working for technical reasons. It has been set up by a

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fake company called Frack and the reason is because there is a

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long-running issue in Lancashire where a company called Cuadrilla

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want to do fracking in the countryside, the local council said

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no, and now it has gone to the next stage to be investigated by the

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planning Inspectorate and the communities and local minister.

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Greenpeace want to highlight the issues around it. I imagine is the

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Government or Cuadrilla were here they would say they stick rigorously

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to rules about health and safety and a proper planning process is

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followed to make sure this is entirely safe when it happens in the

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real world. This has gathered a big crowd, people taking pictures on

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their lunch break, office workers, members of the public having a look,

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and also the police are here, they don't look too nervous, they look

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quite relaxed but they have asked Greenpeace if they would like to

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move on because the organisation does not have permission to do this.

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They turned up at 6am and pitched their fracking drill and hope to be

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here until about 5pm. It would be impressive if next week they could

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do a full sized nuclear power station, that would be amazing.

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You might need a hard hat for that one! Enjoyed, maybe take a few

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pictures yourself. Now, flipping heck,

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it's that time of year again - when MPs drop everything,

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don their pinnies and take on the House of Lords and the ladies

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and gentlemen of the press. Since 1445 for some reason the

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tradition of looking ludicrous running along with a pan tossing a

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cake made with eggs, flour and that have entered British cultural

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tradition. The politics of this may be lost in the mists of history as

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to why MPs, Lord and Westminster media types do it, but I have a

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theory. It is a sad truth of our political

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and public discourse that a lot of people think MPs are flipping

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useless. This is the one day of the year they get to prove it will stop

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the wonder of this annual event is the verve, effort and sheer cheating

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that our political masters put into it. It may not be the Olympics but

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they seem to strive for pancake perfection, even in training. How

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athletic are you feeling? I am more flop than flip but I was training

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around the park at 7am because I am so athletic. Were you really running

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around this morning? Yes! Trying to get an edge! Go on, flip it. And on

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that note, they were off. Sort of. It is all in a good cause, raising

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money in this case for Rehab, disabled charity. But from the MPs

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he would have thought they had won the general election. I had a bit of

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momentum behind me on that last lap! We did all right, I looked at the

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competition and thought they looked a bit tasty! They did not let

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victory go to their heads, much. I want to thank my parents, my wife,

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my children and my constituents for making possible. That is either the

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favouring of victory or total crepe. We are joined by the captain of the

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winning team, Stephen Pound, and the captain of the losing team, Lord

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Reid still, you looks happier despite having lost!

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I could not have been prouder, to defeat the press, present company

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excepted, is a wonderful thing, and, I may say, to destroy those with a

:51:55.:52:00.

sense of genetic entitlement in the upper house. You look to

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competitive! I have taken part in this race and would like to put on

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the record that you are supposed to prosper Blind date a minimum of at

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least ten to 20 times. You lot are run around without tossing the

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pancake! There is an exemption clause because of the wind! The

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point you made is a good one, we have age on our side. And wisdom. I

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managed to push one MP. Who? Sur Alan Duncan, straight off, and I

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managed to disable a couple of others because I ran twice. We

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flipped the pancake but the Commons didn't, they missed the point. I

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think you should be deprived of the cup. Would you like to... Lets see

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if you can do it, Steve Pound. I don't want it landing on my head.

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All right, twice, very good. Ruth will have a go in a moment. You can

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take that with deep. Do you want to see the winners' medal?

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take that with deep. Do you want to gorgeous. He is overdoing it, it is

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for charity! As a member of the Labour Party I'm not used to

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winning! It is for Rehab, a charity that helps people recovering after

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head injuries, and that was the point. We were there for the

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charity, the MPs were out for themselves! There was no competition

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from our side at all, although I did sprint... You looked as though you

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were leading did around there on the green! Victoria Atkins was on our

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side, running in rather glorious red slippers like Dorothy from the

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Wizard of Oz, and she stopped to let people catch up! But Lord Redesdale

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is right, Rehab is a fantastic charity that helps people in need of

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often very very long-term support, and anybody who knows about it knows

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what an incredible charity is but most people don't so hopefully we

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have raised the profile of it. You have certainly raised the level of

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debate, if nothing else! Now talking of golden photo

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opportunites, it's fair to say the antics of Ruth Davidson rivals

:54:25.:54:27.

that of fellow Tory Boris Johnson. The Conservative Leader

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in Scotland is, in fact, renowned for her antics

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in front of the camera. What a shy retiring type who does

:54:37.:56:04.

not like dressing up at all! We did not want to deprive her of one more

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photo shoot! With us now, top

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snapper Sean Dempsey. What do you make of her antics? They

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make for great pictures! You have already got a reputation amongst the

:56:21.:56:25.

photographers! I take politics very seriously but in Scotland you cannot

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take yourself too seriously or people will cut you down to size. It

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is good fun, people want to be closer to their politicians so I

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think it shows an accessibility, having a bit of a laugh. Except it

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is dangerous because you would have taken loads of photos of politicians

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who ended up flat on their faces? Yes, classic ones like Mr Kinnock

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and stuff like that. Looking at the picture behind you in particular, we

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all go back to, I was around when Margaret Thatcher was around and she

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was fantastic, and there is a perfect example. Ruth Davidson

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following her lead. We will get you to take some shots. Stand over

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there, we've stand over there and strike your best pose for the

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camera. Sean, instruct Ruth. Come forward and little bit for me.

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Lovely. Nice and high, as I as you dare go. But missed the light! Have

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you got a good one? Photographers are never happy, so we will have a

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couple more. Great, thank you. Williams. Nice and relaxed, no

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paranoia. She cannot wait to take the Hacked Off! Just check my hair

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is OK and all that! -- to take the hat off. Some politicians in

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particular get so nervous and so frightened of something going wrong.

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I can't imagine why! Thank you very much for taking those snaps, I'm

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sure we can send them to Ruth Davidson.

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There's just time before we go to find out the answer to our quiz.

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The question was which of these lots fetched the highest bid

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at the annual Conservative Party black and white ball,

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with mayoral candidate Zac Goldsmith?

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A ?1,000 voucher for Kurt Geiger shoes?

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I wasn't there, so I will have a guess, maybe the helicopter ride?

:58:36.:58:47.

No, it was the day of campaigning with Zac Goldsmith, it fetched to

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something like ?35,000! That is marvellous, but if people want to

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help him for free, they can help with... That is the end of the

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political broadcast, you are not allowed to do that! That is it from

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us, goodbye.

:59:03.:59:07.

Jo Coburn with the latest news from Westminster including a look at David Cameron's warnings about the consequences of leaving the EU and the Institute for Fiscal Studies' analysis ahead of next month's Budget. Studio guest Ruth Davidson, leader of the Scottish Conservatives, discusses the Scottish Parliament elections in May.


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