John McDonnell: The fact that he quoted a deficit figure at all, in 2017, highlights the failure of Conservative economic policy [Image: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA].

This Writer understands John McDonnell was on the BBC Today programme, talking (unsurprisingly) about the economy.

(As I work well into the night, the Today programme is broadcast a little too early in the morning for me, so all my information is from others.)

Apparently, Mr McDonnell quoted a figure for the national deficit that put it at £70 billion, and certain (Tory) people have quibbled with it.

Oh, and some who should know better…

The simple fact is, he quoted the last actual figure, for 2015-16, which was £70 billion. The £52 billion figure claimed by others is an estimate for 2016-17 which has not yet been confirmed.

The simple fact that he was quoting a deficit figure at all, when – as we should all remember – the Conservatives promised us all in 2010 that the country would be in surplus by 2015, two years ago.

The simple fact is that the Conservatives have borrowed more money in the last seven years than every Labour government that ever took office, plunging us all into the deepest debt the UK has ever experienced – and, if they return to office after June 8, there will be more to come.

The simple fact is that the Conservatives want to turn the UK into a ‘zombie’ economy, forcing the poor to work hard for derisory pay that is highly taxed, in order to pay the interest on the debts that they and their banker friends have racked up.

You won’t hear that on the mass media news because the Establishment suits who designed this programme of persecution don’t want to scare you. You might vote against them.

Labour has always been the party that paid down the debt.

Labour has always been the party of economic responsibility. I know that runs against what you’ve been told, but it is the truth. All you have to do is research the facts.

And now, Labour has the plan to restore prosperity to the UK once again. And the Tories, and the mass media, want to rubbish it.

Perhaps you want to believe the lies. It’s easier, after all. No effort implied – you just fall asleep in front of the TV news and vote for your local empty-suit Tory when the time comes.

But isn’t it better to make an informed choice?

If so, then please do the sensible thing.

Vote Labour on June 8.

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