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responded in a tweet: “Problems with Tories’ latest attack on ‘Labour’s policy’: 1) not Labour’s policy 2) based on outdated forecasts.”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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