Last week was dire news for the British economy and the coming week doesn't look like it is going to be much better. People are worried, anxious for their jobs and rent, mortgages, utility bills, fuel bills, food bills are all escalating and the news keeps getting worse. We are entitled to hear why the Conservative government's chancellor, George Osborne's plans are going so badly wrong. In a week where Osborne's favourite country Greece achieved higher growth than the UK, surely we are entitled to hear from some senior figure in the Tory government aren't we? Especially as "Call me Dave" the British prime minister, is away on his 2nd holiday of the year, in Ibiza, raving away at rave festivals etc and having fun in the sun - while we struggle back home trying to feed and clothe our children and keep a roof over their heads. "We're All In This Together" right? So where is the chancellor? Is he away on some luxury foreign holiday too, has he gone skiing on some luxury piste somewhere on perhaps he is off somewhere else on a little multi-thousand pound freebie holiday given to him by his rich Tory "doning" banker mate, like he did a couple of months ago? But hang on a "mo" of course silly me "I forgot", isn't Deputy PM, Nick Clegg, supposed to be in charge? Where is he? Hopefully someone has not forgotten to tell him he is in charge of the country again? It's odd though, I thought Clegg would be out explaining, after all wasn't it Clegg who recently told the CBI that it is "the deficit-reduction plan is the glue that binds the coalition together"? I suggest to Mr Clegg, if his words are true then the coalition is in very serious trouble because its plans are seriously coming "unstuck". Sadly for Clegg, the economy was his last small hope of turning
May I remind this Tory-led government, especially the Tory Chancellor, George Osborne that last May 2010 after the general election, he was handed the British economy that was in fairly good shape all things considered after coming out of the worse global financial recession for over a hundred years. Growth was steady and increasing, unemployment falling, consumer confidence strong and because of growth government borrowing was predicted to be £20 billion *less* and a forecast to fall a further £22 billion, making a total of £42 billion less government borrowing. Because of George Osborne's policies he has managed to reverse the UK economy and put it into decline and because he has managed to contract growth by 0.5% in Q4 and only manage to grow the economy by 0.5% in Q1, the UK economy is now flat-lining at best and to be economically pedantic it does mean that we actually contracted in Q1 in real terms by around 0.20%. Because of the Osborne's crazy economics he has now forced himself into a position where he had to increase borrowing by £46 billion for April, add this to the £42 billion LESS we would have had to borrow had laboour stayed in power, we can clearly see that Osborne is £88 billion adrift in his economic plans, he has created for himself and this country a black hole worth at the very least £88 billion.
Where is George Osborne? Where is even his Liberal Democrat poodle Danny Alexander to explain all of this? Are they are all in hiding, or perhaps they are all off on holiday abroad in Ibiza raving away with Sam and Dave? Pitifully all the Treasury managed to do this morning was to put out a very junior Treasury spokesman on Sky News who was so clearly out of her depth, even I felt sorry for the poor woman, she had no solutions, only problems which she (as per instructed - no doubt) ridiculously tried to blame on the previous Labour administration, she could not explain why the chancellor's plans are going so badly wrong, she could not explain why, in today's Observer leading economists who previously backed Osborne are now saying what Labour has been saying all along, that Osborne is cutting too far, too fast and is damaging the UKs fragile economy. Now if Cameron and Osborne had not been so hyperbolic when describing the global financial recession and blaming the world's financial problems on one man (former PM Gordon Brown) and one governing party (Labour) then Osborne could point to events in the global economy now as way of an excuse, like he blamed Japan's tsunami and the British winter weather (er in winter), nevertheless when he eventually emerges from his hiding place and changes from his shorts to his grown up long-trousers, I still expect "Boy George" to try and pin the blame for his own very, very short,
Back to Mr Osborne who with his buddy "call me Dave", while in opposition with the help of their mates in the right wing press, talked the economy down repeatedly, they tried their best to damage it for their own political reasons, but thanks to the then Labour government policies, Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling, who were able to keep the economy steady and on an even keel and slowly return it to growth despite the horrendous global problems, Cameron and Osborne failed. What was nothing short of pure genius by Brown and Darling to keep the economy afloat and returned to growth went broadly unacknowledged because of Cameron, Osborne, Rupert Murdoch, Andy Coulson, Rebekah Brooks and all the rest of the right wing muppets. This reprehensible behaviour from these people meant the British people were told a pack of lies day in and day out and when it came to the election they had not been given the truth to make a clear informed decision on who to vote for, which is why this country ended up with an unelected toff as a PM and an unelected
Once Cameron and Osborne came to government, unelected and without a mandate, you would think that they would have stopped talking the economy down, but did they? No not a bit of it, apparently they love self flagellation (must be all that public schoolboy stuff) they took a private joke (a tradition from the outgoing administration to the incoming one) from the outgoing Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Liam Byrne and repeatedly told the country that we were "broke" or that the country had "maxed out on its credit cards", they said that we were nearly going the way of Greece - bankrupt, they continued to emit these hyperbolic announcements until they actually seriously harmed the UK economy and decimated consumer confidence. "Smart" move Gideon, really "smart" but wouldn't it have been better if at the time you had listened to the advice in phone call from the then "acting" chancellor (in your absence) about EU bailouts of countries in the eurozone? I know this was a bit much to expect you with a 2-1 in History to understand the fundamental economic importance of what Alistair Darling was trying to explain to you, but you could have tried and then later this country would not have been
So to recap:
- We have university dons telling David Willets, the universities minister, that they have no confidence in him.
- We have doctors, nurses, managers, labour, the unions and the general public telling Andrew Lansley, the health minister, that they have no confidence in him or the NHS Reforms.
- We have teachers and headteachers telling Michael Gove the education minister they have no confidence in him or his policies
- We Have Climate change groups saying they have no confidence in the government who promised to be the "greenest government ever".
- We have disabled peoples groups the length and breadth of this country telling the DWP minister, Iain Duncan Smith that they have no confidence in him.
- We have the heads of leading charities in the voluntary sector saying that they have no confidence in this government.
- We have the coalition partner Nick Clegg presiding over a party that the electorate has clearly told they have no confidence in.
George we told you your plans were certifiably insane, not just once, but over and over again and you refused to listen and surprise, surprise you are still refusing to listen, even though anyone with a modicum of sense can see your economic plans are in tatters and because of you the British economy is now "toast".
The British people have no confidence in their unelected government, Cameron, Osborne and Clegg have no mandate to carry out the reforms that they are forcing through parliament - it is time Cameron called a general election, put the truth and facts before the British people and let them decide. This coalition is not working and Osborne has the economy on a collision course with hell - Cameron must now call a general election.
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