A poll by ICM for The Guardian has revealed that the British people have more trust in David Cameron and George Osborne’s economic policy than in the alternative offered by Ed Miliband and Ed Balls.
Considering the results of Calamity George’s economic vandalism over the last four years (see the image above), this amounts to a national declaration of selfishness and stupidity that borders on the pathological.
The only reason for this sudden display of faith is the announcement that the Conservative Party is promising to cut taxes for 30 million people.
Nobody seems to be paying any attention to the small print. These are unfunded tax cuts. That means the Tories will have to cut public services even further than they are already planning, in order to implement them.
Furthermore, they are really only tax cuts for the very rich. The amount of relief on offer to those on middle incomes, and to the poor, is negligible in real terms and will be swallowed up by the additional costs created by the loss of public services that will have to take place in order to pay for it.
Stunningly, the ICM poll shows that the public has more faith in George Osborne than any other prominent politician. That isn’t saying much – his net approval score is exactly zero – but it’s still better than any of the others, who we rightly hold in contempt.
We should hold Osborne in contempt as well. This is the man whose entire ‘Long Term Economic Plan’ is based on a spreadsheet mistake.
Perhaps it’s too much to hope that people might have realised that Osborne’s policies have dumped the UK into a quagmire. Let’s face it – his own nose looks more like a bottom but even he can’t smell what he’s been producing!*
*Vox Political apologises for the personal nature of this line. In our defence, it does seem appropriate to the situation.
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