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Phil the Bleak (that’s Tory Chancellor Philip Hammond to you) has just announced that he’ll be setting the government’s budget for the next year on October 29.

He reckons it will show how the Tories will cut the national debt – but we know it’s the Tories who have borrowed more in just eight years than was borrowed in all the years Labour has ever been in office. Not only that, but the Tories need a high national debt in order to provide a fake justification for the austerity they have forced on the poorest and most vulnerable in society.

How he can suggest that he is “supporting our vital public services” when he is selling off NHS assets behind the scenes (and NHS services in plain sight), and when services he has privatised – like rail and water – are failing is beyond the wit of any reasonable man or woman.

And how he can claim to be “building a stronger, more prosperous economy” when his government has just appointed a minister for food shortages (dedicated, no doubt, to making sure the rich can still enjoy caviar while the poor starve) is also a miracle of language.

The only economy Phil the Bleak can manage is economy with the facts.

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