Andrew Marr tries to get a straight answer out of George Osborne, Sunday, November 22, 2015.

This Writer was on his way to the supermarket when the story about government funding to fight terrorism aired on the radio. What follows is based on the news as heard then, and in the article quoted here.

The Conservative Government is determined to win a vote for military action in Syria, and has (this is funny for all the wrong reasons) stated an intention to buy new fighter planes for the UK’s new aircraft carriers – which will  no doubt look very impressive, when those aircraft carriers are finally finished and launched.

Jeremy Corbyn has stated that Labour will support military action to keep the UK safe, provided the Conservative Government does not cut frontline policing in this country – but the Tories have announced that policing cuts will go ahead.

What the wh-?

Here’s Corbyn offering the Tories a chance for consensus on a plate, and they spit in his face? Madness!

Or are they hoping that the Labour ‘moderates’ (they should be labelled ‘intolerants’) get the free vote they’re after and overturn Corbyn’s desire for a refusal unless his terms are met?

That would be interesting.

It would support claims that Corbyn is weak, but…

It would also undermine the ‘intolerants’ in Labour. They would be voting to weaken policing in the UK at a time of heightened fears of terrorist attack.

They would also be voting to perpetuate the ‘cycle of violence and hate’ that Corbyn has described in recent days.

And they would be undermining the economy at a time when the deficit is increasing again. Military spending has a negative fiscal multiplier (-9.8, which is huge).

Tactically – in the short term – the Tories might gain an advantage from Labour’s internal struggles.

Strategically, we’re looking at a monumental mistake from a Conservative Party that is becoming known for monumental mistakes.

The Home Office has agreed a deal on police cuts that are expected to hit frontline services despite heightened security concerns, George Osborne has revealed.

Confirming all government departments have settled their future spending plans for this parliament, the chancellor refused to confirm the exact nature of cuts to British policing.

Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, Osborne refused to say the spending on frontline police could be protected but claimed the spending review would show a 30% increase in the overall counter-terror budget.

Asked if frontline police were going to be protected, he replied: “There had been difficult decisions.”

Source: Police cuts deal made despite terror threat, says George Osborne | UK news | The Guardian

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