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Cicero Labour blog: Gordon- where were the cuts?

Well – you’ve got to give it to Gordon – he pulled his biggest speech out of the bag with his most powerful ever address to a Labour conference.

Yes – it had the usual Gordon shopping list of Labour’s achievements – but he did more than ever to inspire the troops after a lacklustre few days.

And there were big commitments on free personal care – on pensions and on health spending.

But where were the cuts?? Nowhere to be seen.

Gordon told his audience to have dreams – but the Tories in Manchester next week will accuse him of living in a fairytale world.

Battle lines are being drawn – Labour will keep spending to shore up its core vote – but will the middle classes like it – it probably means higher taxes for longer and for certain.

Back to London for me and I will be blogging again from Manchester next week.


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  1. The Msytery Shopper for IFAs 29th September 2009 at 4:54 pm

    Crash Gordon
    A leopard never changes it’s spots comes to mind

  2. Cicero Labour blog: Gordon- where were the cuts?
    Labour’s achievements? What ~ like the destruction of private sector pensions? Like Labour’s refusal to reform the whole framework for private retirement provision? (Instead, what the Treasury under Gordon Brown foisted on us were stakeholder pensions and Pension Simplification.) Like Labour’s near-total lack of regulation of the banks which has resulted in the mess in which UK plc now finds itself, with severe tax rises in prospect to pay off the country’s record national debt? Any Labour rallying speeches now are just the band playing gamely on as the ship goes down, fatally holed below the waterline. And good riddance too.

    I don’t have the exact figure but i’d bet my bottom dollar that as a country we are now paying in excess of £450 MILLION A DAY IN DEBT INTERST.

    £450 million A DAY! Mostly enriching foreign investors at the expense of the NHS, decent OAP pensions, decent education. Labour choses to use taxes and borrowing to keep their public sector bought and paid for voters in work whilst the private sector goes to pot.
    A good example was found today. Dairy Crest closed its Final Salary scheme to existing memebers today. 8000 private sector wealth creating workers lose out again while Gordon uses the taxes of those workers to feather nest the pensions of his public sector voters

  4. Cuts, cuts I see no cuts!
    Julian Stevens asks what Labour’s achievements are.
    Does he not realise that ‘BB’ Gordon Brown has increased public sector jobs by about a million and the Govt. spend of GDP from some 37-38% to a current 44% with projections of it rising to over 50% in the immediate future?

    Does Julian not realise that this is for the benefit of us all?

    ‘Big Brain’ GB tells us this, so it must be true mustn’t it!!!

    ‘BB’ even had the arrogance to say on television this morning that because he had been ‘so prudent’ UK PLC was in a better position than the US, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and virtually every other significant economy. The fact that our Public Sector spending was considerably outpacing tax income during an expanding economy is hardly ‘prudent’ when going into a downturn. ‘BB’ tried to give the interviewer a lesson in economics by ‘explaining’, in that ‘I know better than you’ manner of his, that in a downturn Govts. increase spending.

    Yes we all know this, but we don’t believe ‘BB’ when told that spending will just roll on and that there will be ever more ‘new’ initiatives, supposedly fully costed.

    I had thought that, to a degree, Labour had realised that having a dynamic and expanding Private Sector was essential to provide the money for social programs. ‘BB’ has gone back to the Labour economics of the last century where everything must go into buying votes, so the more you spend the more voters have a vested interest in keeping you in Govt.

    Time to go Gordon.

    ‘BB’ Brown was never ‘New’ Labour. At heart he is an OLD Labour unreconstructed ‘Tax and Spender’ who is now cloaking his actions with the problems in international finance. BB avowedly believed in ‘The Markets’, while they were making money and paying taxes to fund his Big Blowout of Govt spending. Now that his massive increase in public spending is so well entrenched he claims that it is only the Tories who ever believed in the markets!

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