“How are you going to pay for it?” That’s the chorus around the Tory-supporting media (including Andrew Neil on the BBC’s Daily Politics) whenever Labour announce spending plans. “How are you going to pay?”
Isn’t it strange that they demand so much economic rigour from Labour, when the Tories are given a blank cheque?
The Conservative Party has doubled the national debt.
The Conservative Party magicked up £435 billion of ‘quantitative easing’ – basically printing money to put more into the system (because so much of it has been siphoned off into tax havens by Tory-voting fat cats?) – and gave it to the banks for no very good reason. Note that the Tory media never raised a whisper against it.
The Conservative Party promised to eliminate the national deficit by 2015 – two years ago – and have us in surplus now. Current estimates say we won’t be in surplus until at least 2022 – they keep pushing the date further into the future.
And in the meantime, the Conservative Party has been destroying the foundations of British society.
They have invited private companies into the NHS, seriously harming its ability to provide services to everybody, no matter where they are, and undermining our Accident and Emergency departments, 24 of which are earmarked for closure, as soon as possible after the election if there’s a Tory victory.
They have starved benefit claimants to death. Today we have been told that benefits assessors have been ordered to uphold decisions to deny benefits to the deserving in 80 per cent of cases.
And the only people who have benefited from any of their measures are in the top 10 per cent of earners.
Labour has a strong rule on spending.
Labour will not borrow any money for day-to-day spending.
But the party will borrow to invest in the economy. This makes sound economic sense, as any businessperson will tell you. All businesses borrow, in the expectation that the investment will lead to profit in the future.
But media types like Mr Neil, and any Tory representative you care to consider, will tell you it is madness.
Doesn’t that simply highlight the fact that these media types don’t know what they’re saying – and no Tory should ever be in government?
It is all simply more evidence that there is only one sensible choice:
Vote Labour on June 8.