Posts under ‘Conservatives’

Let us now take Osborne apart

by Michael Meacher.

You have to hand it to Osborne, he’s managed to manufacture an entirely false story about the economy and get it accepted as the official narrative explaining what’s happened. First he has tried to make out after 2010 that the financial crash in 2008-9 occurred because the Labour government splurged on spending. But this is […]

Cameron up shit creek as defeat beckons

by Michael Meacher.

Cameron’s last desperate throw by rousing English nationalism is clearly aimed at saving Tory seats in areas where the UKIP challenge is pressing hardest, in order to ratchet up the total number of Tory seats which, when combined with likely allies, will enable him to just slip over the line back into Downing Street. On […]

Cameron’s last throw and Lynton Crosby’s series of bungles

by Michael Meacher.

Cameron is getting desperate. Throwing around billions in unfunded promises (the NHS, housing association hand-outs, raised inheritance tax threshold) cut no ice. The inevitable promise of higher rate tax cuts (unfunded again) didn’t impress. The boast that the Tories had turned round the economy from a basket case to a world beater simply didn’t ring […]

There are 3 ways to cut the deficit – why has Labour chosen the wrong one?

by Michael Meacher.

The budget deficit, which has been far more central to this election campaign than it should have been, can be dealt with in three separate ways. It can be reduced by cutting net expenditure either by taxing the poor or by taxing the rich, or it can be reduced by cutting unemployment (the ‘automatic stabilisers’ […]

Why doesn’t Labour lambast the Tories on their weakest point – the economy?

by Michael Meacher.

It is strange that Labour hasn’t launched a full frontal attack on the Tory handling of the economy over the last 5 years, because it’s been deplorable. The only points the Tories make in defence of their own management are growth and jobs. But look at the record. Osborne’s bizarre idea that contracting the economy […]

The Tory party’s tartan trauma

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

There’s not much left the Tories can do to turn the polls in their favour. Attacking Ed Miliband personally hasn’t worked, and the more it’s done the more credible he appears. Neither has spraying around the cash in what, at best, can only be described as a series of fiscally incontinent pledges. With the momentum appearing to cohere […]

Even the Tories’ naked bribery has now gone pear-shaped

by Michael Meacher.

There is a very noticeable difference between the way that the Tories and Labour have conducted this election. The Tories have used the twin-prong approach: personal vilification which has proved counter-productive and now blatant giveaways (of other people’s money) to try to produce a false feel-good factor. However, no serious policy proposals for the country’s increasingly […]

The central issue of this election is a mystery wrapped in an enigma

by Michael Meacher.

The key issue of this election,behind all the superficial flashy giveaways, is paying off the deficit. It still stands this year at £92bn when Osborne pledged in 2010 it would be £37bn or below – a discrepancy of £55bn, not exactly a minor slippage. So how exactly, after 5 years in which Osborne has tried […]

It’s Labour’s costed offers & structural change v Tory flash unfunded ‘giveaways’

by Michael Meacher.

Labour’s biggest handicap now is that still too few people on the doorstep realise the magnitude of what the party is offering either in terms of specific policy changes that will benefit the great majority of people or the longer-term structural changes that will turn around a broken economy. The immediate controls on the rip-offs […]

Tory attacks on Ed are detestable but the practical case against Trident must be made

by Diane Abbott.

The constant personal attacks on Ed Miliband by the Tories have rightly been deplored. Last week ,Tory defence spokesman Michael Fallon chose to claim that Ed “had stabbed his own brother in the back to lead Labour and was now willing to stab the UK in the back by doing a deal on Trident with […]

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