Listen to this:
At a moment of national crisis this Government poses a threat to its own people and the economy they rely upon. pic.twitter.com/vWUiI3BNIq
— John McDonnell MP (@johnmcdonnellMP) October 8, 2019
John McDonnell was referring to a report by the respected Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS), stating that the UK will be £110 billion better-off under a Labour government than with Tory rule, by 2022.
The IFS stated that the outlook for the public finances has “worsened dramatically” since the spring and will deteriorate further if the UK leaves the European Union without a deal.
There can be few clearer statements that Boris Johnson’s leadership is a threat to the United Kingdom and everyone in it.
The report stated that the government’s current spending plans, including a £13.4 billion increase to meet Mr Johnson’s promises on police and schools (but not – notice – the NHS) mean the budget deficit was likely to be £52.3bn in 2020-21, more than double the £21bn forecast by the OBR in March.
But Mr Johnson also promised huge tax giveaways for the rich in his leadership campaign including cuts to Income Tax and National Insurance. If he goes ahead with these, he will harm the national finances even more brutally.
"The report said Britain’s economic fortunes were tied up with the outcome of #Brexit& a possible #GeneralElection, leading to the conclusion that the outlook would be much brighter if @jeremycorbyn led the next government rather than @BorisJohnson"https://t.co/QW9HaoMDSr
— RedSarah#LabourActivist🌹 (@redsarah99) October 9, 2019
Or over £1,600 per person a year in the UK
— Chris Giles (@ChrisGiles_) October 8, 2019
No doubt Mr Johnson – and his chancellor Sajid Javid – will come out with some mealy-mouthed excuse to pacify us all. It will probably involve another claim that the Conservatives are the “party of financial responsibility” and “Labour will bankrupt the country”. But it’s a funny thing – if they think Labour’s fiscal plans are so harmful, why has IFS director Paul Johnson claimed that their own current ideas are almost identical to Labour’s from 2017?
Most tellingly, of course, we know that Boris Johnson is a liar.
You cannot trust him when he says he’ll fund the police. You cannot trust him when he says he’ll fund schools. You cannot trust him when he says he’ll fund our NHS. You cannot trust him when he says he’ll cut tax. And you absolutely cannot trust him when he says the UK will be better-off after his Brexit.
He thinks you’ll vote for him in an election likely to happen before Christmas. Just remember this:
If you vote for a liar, you will only get broken promises.
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