Culture of Deceit

‘Things can only get better,’ trilled Labour in 1997. How wrong they were. The British electorate trusted Labour to inherit the most stable and competitive economy in Europe and to invest wisely for the future. Yet over 13 disastrous years our public finances have been squandered and our economy has been wrecked. The past decade has been the worst for growth since the Thirties and our manufacturing is declining at a record rate. The total British national debt has more than doubled, the stock market has slumped, and our competitive advantage has been lost. True to form, this Labour Government, like every single one of its predecessors, has taxed and spent and failed bequeathing a crisis to the incoming Tory administration. Every one of us faces a decade of stringency because of Labour’s folly and mismanagement. The gap between rich and poor has widened, sink estates have worsened, social mobility has fallen and failing schools cripple the prospects of too many children. This is not fairness. It is failure. Yet Gordon Brown continues to feed the electorate with a diet of nonsense, claiming that tackling the deficit is his priority, while promising increased expenditure for popular services. The disconnect between the Prime Minister’s fantasy and the real world becomes ever wider. The once principled Labour Party has lost its political conscience and moral compass. From 1994 it existed solely to win elections. Nothing mattered other than peddling back to the electorate what their polling had told them the electorate wished to hear. A culture of deceit took root which was not restricted to economic and social policy as the Chilcot Inquiry has made abundantly clear.

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