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Labour’s class war enemies

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Of course it has come as no surprise to Curly that Gordon Brown has twisted Darling’s arm so far up his back and decreed that the out of control public spending must not be tackled by his government, but that the horrendous economic mess should be cleared up by the next  residents in Nos. 10 and 11 Downing Street. This has always been the strategy since Brown was handed the job of PM by a gutless Labour Party who were too afraid to challenge a bullying Chancellor when Blair stepped down to make his millions, keep going until you run out of other people’s money to spend, build a mountain of debt, and let the next lot deal with it, in certain knowledge that unpopularity will dog the next government within weeks of taking office. No government has ever had to sort out such an economic catastrophe since the end of WWll in the UK.

But Brown has already been laying out the battleground for the next election, he has tried to use the economy as useful tool bleating on repeatedly about Labour’s investments vs Tory Cuts, but this strategy is now shot to shreds after Alistair Darling’s pre budget report unravelled within hours, and the new strategy has already been trailed during PMQs after Brown accused Cameron of devising policy on “the playing fields of Eton”. It will be class warfare, tribalism on a huge scale, back to basics when it’s backs to the wall for the rest of us.

Trouble is , with Gordon Brown living for free in two well appointed grace and favour properties at our expense, and Labour minister Quentin Davies spending nearly £21000 of our money on his bell tower, Northern Ireland Secretary Shaun Woodward (the richest man in the Commons) spending over £21000 of our money on one of his numerous properties, Labour MP Harry Cohen using £2000 of our cash for a new bath, ………..well the list goes on an on, this class war theme is already blowing up in Brown’s neatly decorated toilet (again at our expense).

At a local level here in South Shields and South Tyneside you are unlikely to find any toffs in South Shields Conservative Association, no big wigs from business, no jet set class with huge property portfolios or £millions hidden away in off shore bank accounts, by golly no! You are far more likely to find the elite of the business classes supporting the local Labour Party (hint, past Presidents of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and former MEPs building a fortune from a short life in public service and now mixing it as a successful lobbyist).

No the con of the class war has been revealed sharply by Alistair Darling’s very regressive move to increase NI contributions and all those “well off” folks who earn more than £20000 a year are now to be considered as having the broadest shoulders to carry the years of debt created by Labour’s profligacy! Any left wing economist will know that this measure, along with the VAT increase, will hurt the lowest paid far more than than those on higher bands of remuneration.

The respected Institute for Fiscal Studies has calculated that Darling’s pre budget report, which postpones all serious pain until after the next election, will cost every family nearly £2500 per year for many years to come to reduce the budget deficit, and that people earning as little as £14000 per year will feel the pain, and that some public services will suffer cash cuts of up to 20%, and that £700m of the child benefit increases will be clawed back in 2011.

At the time the next election is eventually called, when Brown and Darling have ran out of cash and money, when they start fighting politics in a tribal and class atmosphere, we should remind them in the strongest possible way that once again Labour has failed to look after the most important class of electors in the UK, those who work to support their families and those left reliant on benefits because of a lack of entrepreneurial drive in a Britain now turning into a giant Poundland.

Guido suggests that the Irish delivered a budget that ought to have been announced in Westminster.

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Written by curly

December 11, 2009 at 10:42 am

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  1. Curly, do you think that if David Cameron had been born in South Shields and he had attended say Westoe Comprehensive he would now be leader of the Tory Party?


    December 12, 2009 at 2:42 am

  2. Well if David Davies, the product of a single parent on a council estate and a grammar school education could run him to second place, I’d say his chances would be pretty good!

    You trying to tell me that the likes of Edinburgh born Tony Blair (Durham Chorister School, Fettes College, St. John’s Oxford) son of a judge, brother of a judge, now multi millionaire,)was in some way unrepresentative of Labour’s core vote?


    December 12, 2009 at 11:27 am

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