Cameron’s smear attempt on Labour is laughed off the page

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Another day, another blunder: David Cameron can’t say anything right, it seems.

David Cameron is to be congratulated. Just as the furore over his ‘Road to Tory Ruin’ election poster might be expected to die down, he has thrown more fuel on the fire of public discontent with a series of false claims prior to a TV appearance.

He told The Guardian that the Labour Party’s plans, if it wins the election in May, would cost £13.5 billion in extra interest payments on the country’s debts.

The report also quoted his interview in The Sunday Times, in which he stated: “Money that should be used for schools and hospitals will be effectively poured down the drain.”

Some might point out that the Conservative Party is doing quite enough already to drain away money that could be used for schools and hospitals – into Tory donors’ bank accounts – but Labour responded in a tweet: “Problems with Tories’ latest attack on ‘Labour’s policy’: 1) not Labour’s policy 2) based on outdated forecasts.” It added, mockingly: “Apart from that, not bad.”

The Conservatives’ electioneering blunders have provoked a storm of protest on the social media, and Cameron’s silly claim has now prompted even those who are usually silent to comment. Here’s ‘Wez’, responding to the Guardian article: “I’m not usually a follower of politics but I definitely feel this party has turned this country into a shambles.”

And Richard Murphy, of Tax Research UK fame, tweeted: “If the Conservative election campaign goes as well in the rest of 2015 as it’s gone so far they might just make quite a lot of people happy.”

  • After the Guardian report was published, Cameron tweeted: “I’ll be talking about why in election year it’s vital we stay on the road to recovery with [The Andrew Marr Show] on BBC1.”

This prompted the following response from DJ Tony Blackburn: “Did you enjoy your coffee in Starbucks this morning? My producer Dan Roberts spotted you.”

Of course, Starbucks caused heated controversy over tax avoidance. The fact that Cameron was seen there is yet another public relations mistake, as many will consider this to be tacit support for the company’s strategy of not paying HM Revenue & Customs what it owes.

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6 thoughts on “Cameron’s smear attempt on Labour is laughed off the page

  1. Pension60

    Cameron…”told The Guardian that the Labour Party’s plans, if it wins the election in May, would cost £13.5 billion in extra interest payments on the country’s debts.

    The report also quoted his interview in The Sunday Times, in which he stated: “Money that should be used for schools and hospitals will be effectively poured down the drain.” …”

    As the Tories have spent more since 2010 than Labour did in 13 years rule before that, on the welfare reform admin that is rising by the billions each year whilst the food money is being witheld and so starvation of the poor (bulk in work including the over 60s denied state pension payout since 2013).

    The Tories intend to reduce state spending to 1930s levels, so the money for schools and hospitals will not exist as public spending really began in 1945.

    So the Tories have added to national debt and not saved a penny by Austerity, that destroys a nation in recession, not save it.

  2. Thomas M

    If the Tories don’t do better then this, they’re going to lose, which will be a big relief for me. Labour did some bad/annoying things in the past and I can’t 100% trust it-but the Tories are far worse.

  3. ,arjorie arnold

    do they not realise that everyonehas sussed them and they still continue to lie. they have sent this country down the road to ruin and we need them and their cronies GONE

    1. Gary Burley

      i don’t care what labour have done, i’ll vote for them, mistakes or not. They are still a political party with some interest in people’s opinions. The Tories are a bunch of elitist Thugs and thieves pretending to be a party and acting like sniggering schoolkids instead of actually doing their job. there is no-one worse than Cameron at the moment and there will never be again in my lifetime. If we don’t wake up and vote labour, we are letting the Tories or UKIP (same difference) destroy our NHS and send us back to the days of landed gentry and peasants.

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