Disaster for Tory conference: Cameron’s speech was a lie

Liar liar: David Cameron’s claims about his policies have been shown to be untrue in a Resolution Foundation report, the day after he uttered them. No wonder he’s got his hands up!

The main point of David Cameron’s speech has been shown to be a lie, just one day after he made it. Can there be any doubt that he and his colleagues have been lying about most of the other things they said as well?

David Cameron’s promise during his address to the Conservative party conference that “an all-out assault on poverty” would be at the centre of his second term is undermined by a report that reveals planned welfare cuts will lead to an increase of 200,000 working households living in poverty by 2020.

The findings, published on Thursday by the Resolution Foundation, appear to contradict the prime minister’s vow to devote the second five years of his premiership to creating a “Greater Britain” marked by social reform, real equality and less racial discrimination.

In a speech that was clearly designed to respond to Jeremy Corbyn’s election as Labour leader, Cameron sought to position his party as the dominant force on the centre ground of politics. The prime minister argued the best way to tackle the deep roots of poverty lay in getting people into better paid work.

But the new research by the Resolution Foundation – now chaired by former Conservative minister David Willetts – suggests the government’s welfare cuts introduced in the budget in a bid to cut the deficit will drive at least 200,000 working households into poverty under a definition that the government is abolishing.

In its key findings the report also estimated that:

A further 200,000 children (predominantly from working households) will fall into poverty in 2016 simply as a result of the tax and benefit measures announced at the summer budget, including the increases in the national minimum wage.

The total number of working households in poverty will have reached 2 million in 2020.

The summer budget measures will lead to income falls of more than 4% in the bottom fifth of earners, contrasting with income rises of 4% for the top third.

The number of children in poverty in working and non-working households is estimated to reach up to 3.9 million by 2020. This is 1.2 million higher than the 2016-17 baseline and 600,000 higher than was projected for 2020 prior to the budget.

Source: Tory conference: Cameron’s ‘assault on poverty’ pledge belied by new figures | Politics | The Guardian

The Treasury did respond to the points raised by the Resolution Foundation – but chose to do so with more lies (particularly about George Osborne’s new version of the minimum wage), so the comment is not worth publishing here.

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17 thoughts on “Disaster for Tory conference: Cameron’s speech was a lie

  1. John.

    Unless what he really means by poverty is poor people, and by all out assault he really means vindictive persecution.

    1. lanzalaco

      He probably means a war on certain types of lifestyle and small minded combative attitude that contribute to poverty. I was brought up the most deprived area in the UK and got myself educated…but so many people I grew up with seemed to stay left behind and yet our economic situation was identical.

      Why did this happen ? Looking back there can be a very widespread disrespect for education and the wider world (i.e. UK) is seen as some remote disconnected planet where connections should only be made with a similar mentality elsewhere. Educated people are not to be trusted either, so there is a lot of ignorance about the world, where its going and its history. For example the students that come all over the world to the international centers in our city are never viewed as interesting people to become friends with and learn about their lives and opinions…. but prey ! That is really the biggest problem, because if entire sections of the population cannot understand the world, feel they have a stake in it, and feel they could learn what they have to, to be interested in anything and even have an international career. That is small mindedness and poverty thinking.

      OK this is an aspect of the lower economic class, but this mentality is still present even in the employed sector who would restrict their childrens outlook to something from the industrial ages. There is no other way but to class that is breeding backwardness. That is what they mean by a poverty mentality and thankfully our local government are already dealing with reform by banning sectarianism, demolishing ghettos and trying to just upgrade the social outlook to the current times.

  2. davidmortimermiltonkeynes

    The Tories arrogance will be their downfall.


    The change will be how we use the internet.


    Tories “not welcome” in Manchester – anti-austerity protesters who feel “alienated and worried” by govt policies


    Middle-class young ‘will fare worse than their parents’


    British workers suffering worst decline in real wages on record


    Austerity leads to more privatization & increased costs to tax payers for the same services. Osborne’s austerity policy between 2010 – 2015 didn’t balance the budget deficit but it did double the national debt. Money creation must be put back in public hands & the bankers who caused the crash must be held to account. See you in Manchester


    Vote no confidence in David Cameron


  3. 2015 Vote (@2015_Vote)

    I say let him him walk his talk. If he can carry the can to Corbyn and be as genuinely concerned by societal needs, then go, go go. But Cameron is of course spouting soundbites – totally and utterly at odds with Tory ideology.

  4. AndyH

    Cameron’s speech was a lie – in other words the Pope is a catholic, Russia is a large country and bears excrete in the woods…

  5. Rob

    200,000 children or 200,000 households? You need to be careful when using statistics. Looks like you’ve used the same figure forh two different categories.

  6. Gilbey

    A disaster, how many people are going to see this report? What percentage of the population will be in what we regard as poverty? People like respond to a rousing speech even if it is a tissue of lies and deceit.

      1. Gilbey

        I agree,. We all know what Cameron is, with varying degrees of printability, but some suggestions as to how we make that happen would be useful.

    1. lanzalaco

      exactly, fact is the tories are voted in, because people are forced to under the current scenario.. But maybe there is a better solution than a two party term style democracy, as its long past its sell by date. Search for my website under the terms “direct democracy” and find out more

      1. Mike Sivier Post author

        No, people aren’t forced to vote Tory under the current system, and you’re not stating a fact by suggesting they are.

      2. AndyH

        I don’t recall anyone threatening to imprison me or my family if I didn’t vote for the government (not like in North Korea or Ziimbadwe). Some people felt compelled to vote a certain way, but ultimately it was there choice.

  7. Gilbey

    People are not forced to vote and a great many do not chiefly because they have not been offered a distinct alternative. The lack of alternative in the last two general elections demonstrates the weakness of the 2 party situation. Politics have been hijacked by the smart, better off and well educated element and it has failed the people. A electoral system which encouraged smaller parties would ensure candidates/MP had to keep in touch with their constituents and more importantly listen to them. This would (or should) reflect in the alliances made in Parliament which would then be more representative.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      I agree with you about the lack of a distinct alternative over the last few elections.
      Smart, better-off people have generally held political office. I differ with you over whether they are better-educated.

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