Thoughts of a Labour supporter
OK, so I've decided to start blogging after all. I doubt that the thoughts of a Union hack, staunch Labourite and visciously classist student will be of interest to many, but nor do I really care.
The BBC today: "On Saturday, Chancellor Gordon Brown warned a victory for the Conservatives would put Britain's economic stability and growth at risk and inflict deep cuts in public services including the NHS, which he said was "not safe" in Tory hands.
The Tories dismissed Mr Brown's speech as "more talk". "
Now, correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't most speeches "talk"? The point is, the Tories hate Brown. He is, without a doubt, the most successful Chancellor this country has had in living memory, and contrasted with the incompetence of the Tories (new papers released under the Freedom of Information Act this week show the ERM debacle and Black Wednesday to have cost £4bn), we've won the argument that you can manage an economy responsibly whislt also investing in public services. Obviously, I'd like to see more investment and reform of the taxation system, but we're on the right path.
Compare this with a tax-cutting plan that refuses to specify where the spending cuts are going to come from. With a party and a leader that claimed 3 million unemployed people in the 80's was 'a price worth paying'. For what? For an unstable economy and a destroyed manufacturing sector? For the extension of VAT from a negligible inconvenience to 17.5% of almost everything we buy? For massive corporation tax hikes? I love to hear Gordon Brown speak about our economic successes; but not as much as I love to hear idiot Tories pretend that they ever did something worthwhile for this Country. They're a bunch of wasters who wouldn't know a succesful economic plan if it jumped up and bit them. This is all by way of saying I was greatly impressed by both Brown and Blair's speeches to our Spring Conference, and amused by the 'responses' from the other parties.