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Vox Political vindicated on the economy

The Conservatives' latest negative campaign advert: The Tories seem to think they are the only party who should be allowed to steal the cash from poor people.

The Conservatives’ latest negative campaign advert: The Tories seem to think they are the only party who should be allowed to steal the cash from poor people.

Twice, in a matter of days, Vox Political‘s findings on political issues have been supported by the evidence of a scholar.

Today, the Mainly Macro blog written by Professor Simon Wren-Lewis, who teaches Economics at Oxford University, supports This Writer’s argument that the so-called economic recovery, that began in 2013, had little or nothing positive¬†to do with the Coalition Government or George Osborne’s policies.

“The idea that austerity during the first two years of the coalition government was vindicated by the 2013 recovery is so ludicrous that it is almost embarrassing to have to explain why,” he writes.

“Imagine that a government on a whim decided to close down half the economy for a year. That would be a crazy thing to do, and with only half as much produced everyone would be a lot poorer. However a year later when that half of the economy started up again, economic growth would be around 100%. The government could claim that this miraculous recovery vindicated its decision to close half the economy down the year before. That would be absurd, but it is a pretty good analogy with claiming that the 2013 recovery vindicated 2010 austerity.”

That’s right. George Osborne did huge harm to the economy when he imposed austerity in 2010, choking off Labour’s recovery. It is senseless for him to claim that easing off on that policy has created an economic miracle. As this blog has repeatedly stated, any economic recovery enjoyed by the UK has had nothing to do with the actions of the Coalition Government.

It is important to remember that the Tories intend to impose even deeper austerity if they win the election next month, causing catastrophic harm to anyone who isn’t in the richest 10 per cent of the population.

But why do this at all? What was the point of it?

A commenter to this blog’s Facebook page put it very well only today. Tracey Wilkinson Clarke wrote: “Corporations and capitalism [were]crashing…the banking crisis was created … as a reason to bring in austerity measures to feed the money back up to the few.” This opinion is supported by an article on this blog at the time.

It is also supported by the Conservative Party’s most recent anti-SNP campaign advert. Following on from David Cameron’s overheard comment on television last week, that Alex Salmond was a pickpocket, the advert has an image of the SNP candidate reaching towards a member of the public’s pocket, with the tagline, “Don’t let the SNP grab your cash.”

It is Conservative Party policy to do exactly that – and hand it over to the very rich in the form of tax breaks (both personal and business-orientated), tax avoidance, lucrative public ‘service’ contracts, and shares in privatised utilities.

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Brown-itis: Cameron and Salmond’s ‘jokes’ should kill their campaigns

Foot-in-mouth disease is on the rise amongst our politicians.

Foot-in-mouth disease is on the rise amongst our politicians.

Remember when Gordon Brown branded Gillian Duffy a “bigoted woman” and sent Labour’s 2010 election campaign into history’s dustbin?

It seems both David Cameron and Alex Salmond are determined to do the same thing, with both uttering extremely unwise comments in front of a microphone.

First, Salmond decided it would be funny to tell a crowd of SNP supporters that he will be writing Labour’s budget (if Labour gets elected) – a reference to claims that Labour will not be able to form a government without the SNP, and to the concessions the SNP would demand in that case. Here he is:

Then Cameron, appearing on ITV’s This Morning, was caught by a microphone after Philip Schofield started a link to the next section of the programme: “Up next, a man who can pinch your wallet, your watch and even your tie without you noticing.”

Cameron, off-camera, could then be heard saying: “Is that Alex Salmond?”

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Both comments are despicable.

Salmond’s claim that he’ll have anything to do with a Labour budget was false and designed to lead voters astray. Labour has ruled out a marriage of convenience with the SNP, quoting irreconcilable differences. The fact that SNiPers like Salmond keep harping on about it smacks more of desperation and an intent to mislead.

If anything, though, Cameron’s is worse, as it not only implies that Salmond is a criminal (that’s libel), but also suggests that he would be able to affect any budget set by Labour – and would use it to steal money from the electorate.

They both echo Gordon Brown’s “bigoted woman” remark about Gillian Duffy. He had met her whilst canvassing for Labour, and simply didn’t like her criticisms so he used those words about her in a car afterwards, without realising that he was wearing a microphone belonging to a TV news service, and that it was switched on.

It’s possible that his remark helped to end 13 years of Labour government and usher in the ConDem Coalition.

Now two leading members of other parties – the Conservatives and the SNP – have made the same mistake.

Will their campaigns be affected as badly? And if not, why not?

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