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The Tories and Lib Dems in Policy Disarray


The Liberal Democrats have promised to cut key Labour Policies copied by other nations for their progressive nature such as child trust funds and child tax credits.

The Liberal Democrats have also announced that they would keep university fees, leaving their higher education policy in tatters, something that they trumpeted in 2005 as “absolutely our first priority”. 

Danny Marten, Labour PPC for Haltemprice and Howden said, “This is the Liberal Democrats trying to get the electorate to take them seriously. However those of us who study their policy are seeing that they are becoming more economically liberal. This will involve an American style small state with public services seen as a burden and not a social duty.” 

“The Liberals claim they are the progressive party of politics yet this announcement proves that the Liberal Democrats are a party who do not care about young people and their education. To be progressive you need to care about the opportunities of our young people as they are our future.”  

Stephen Timms, Labour’s Financial Secretary to the Treasury, responded to Nick Clegg today saying, “Like the Tories, the Lib Dems are starting to realise their sums do not add up.  Today, they are in disarray, making u-turn after u-turn and still failing to make their plans add up.  They talk about fairness, they want to go even further than the Tories on scrapping Child Trust Funds that help provide for children’s futures”.                                                                                          


Andy Hicks, a local Labour Party member said, “Ordinary people like me don’t know what the Liberal Democrats think about the state of the economy.  Their golden boy Vince Cable will say, ‘The economy is recovering, we should not over react or talk the economy down as it may damage recovery’ on the BBC, whilst on ITV liberal leader Nick Clegg will say, ‘the economy is in dire straights and we face imminent economic melt down.’

What Labour has done to stimulate the economy has come at a price, however the price has kept local business going and people in their homes."

The IMF calculations show that if un employment rose in proportion to the depth of the recessions 1979-81 and 1991-2 then we would be facing a jobless total of FIVE MILLION. The reason that this hasn’t happened is due to the intervention of the Labour Government to rescue the Financial System and maintain the economy in some kind of working order.

Where is the social unrest, absolute poverty and desperation and lack of hope that we saw in previous milder Tory recessions, and that we witness in places like France and Greece?


 Nick Clegg confirmed the Liberal Democrats would raise personal allowances to £10,000. The Liberal Democrats have underestimated the cost of their headline tax policy by over £5 billion. They have claimed this costs only £16.5 billion. But figures already available on the Treasury website show that increasing the personal allowance from around £6500 today to £10,000 would cost over £22 billion.

Clegg and Cameron seem totally desperate to portray themselves as having some kind of gravitas, but it is clear that when you scratch the surface of their policies, they unravel very rapidly.


About dermotrathbone

Writer and co author "Through Red Lenses". Activist Unite the Union, Save Our NHS Hull. Fan of Yorkshire County Cricket Club, Hull FC, Munster and Ireland Rugby. Views are mine alone and may not reflect the organisations concerned.


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