“The next General Election will be a choice between Labour investment and Tory cuts.”
How many times have we heard this from Government ministers over the past few years? It has become a sort of mantra, to be trotted out on every occasion in the hope that if you say it often enough, people will start believing it. Unfortunately for Labour in recent months the public have clearly come to accept that cuts are going to be necessary if the current level of public debt is to be brought down. But our Prime Minister is like an oil tanker – it’s very difficult to deflect him from his chosen course. And so at every opportunity he carried on painting David Cameron as “Mr Ten Per Cent” – the amount he, Brown, claimed Cameron would cut from “investment”, as Brown calls spending, if he won the next election.
Yesterday Brown finally admitted that any government would have to make cuts, and cuts in the region of 10%. He is now desperately trying to present this as a prudent economic policy whilst in fact it is a colossal u-turn. He must not be allowed to get away with it.
Given therefore that the next election is now going to be about who we want to manage the necessary cutbacks, does Brown really think the public are fool enough to trust him when he was only two days ago criticising the Conservatives for proposing the same policy he has now copied?