When we see articles from right-wing commentators that are extensively critical of a Conservative-led government, indicating deceit and lying to the public and highlighting the sheer hypocrisy of Cameron’s ideologically-driven policies, it’s worth paying some attention to it, writes kittysjones. Especially when those articles echo some of our own criticisms.
This week, Fraser Nelson wrote “the Prime Minster and his Chancellor are scurrying around the country misleading people. Never mind the national debt, the deficit has not been cut in half over the course of this parliament.”
We also know that the national debt has increased so much in just four years, that not only does it surpass that of the last government of thirteen years, it surpasses the debt of EVERY Labour government combined, since 1900. That’s no mean feat for the Conservatives, given their self-declared raison d’être is “paying down Britain’s debts.” Cameron has been officially rebuked twice by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) for his grandiose, deceitful claims of doing that.
Let’s not forget Osborne’s promise of preserving Britain’s AAA credit rating, Fitch and Moody’s agencies stripped the UK of its triple A credit rating in a withering assessment of its economic outlook last year
Despite Cameron persistent claims that the Tory “long term economic plan” is working and that there has been the “largest fall in unemployment since records began,” the Treasury is surprisingly at an all time low on income tax revenues. It was 25 billion short of the predicted amount. If it wasn’t for the money collected through the recent bank fines (£1.1 billion) because of the rigging of foreign exchange markets and through the Tory hike on VAT (which affects those out of work proportionally the most), Osborne would have been well and truly left without any room for manoeuvre whatsoever in the package of lies that was his recent autumn budget statement.
This is a government that treats the public with contempt and delivers nothing but lies. Any party that can claim with a straight face that: “As part of our long-term economic plan, we’ve capped benefits to reward work” whilst presiding over the biggest drop in wages of all the G20 countries and a cost of living crisis that is leaving many people unable to meet even their most basic survival needs doesn’t care about democratic dialogue with the electorate.
And of course there is the basic absurdity of the claim – that cutting benefits for those out of work will somehow raise wages for those in work. The truth is that Conservatives like to keep people in a state of desperation so that they may be forced to take any work, no matter how unfair and low the pay is and no matter how poor the working conditions. Tories serve only the interests of the majority of their donors – private companies – who want to simply profit from cheap labour.
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