Dave, Nice but Dim

I saw a small clip of the Right Honourable David Cameron MP, leader of the Conservative Party and leader of the Official Opposition last week.  All I can say is people might moan about Gordon Brown as Prime Minister, but they can thank their lucky stars that they have not got David Cameron running the country during the current economic downturn.

The first thing that annoyed me was David Cameron saying that if the Conservatives were returned to power, they would use cuts in public spending as a weapon against the current rescession.  I have to ask what possible cuts are there left to be made in public services.  This May sees the thirtieth anniversary of Margaret Thatcher coming to power (and dear God that makes me feel ancient as I was a child on that fateful day).   Callaghan’s spineless Labour administration did some minor pruning to public spending in the 1970’s, but Thatcher’s Conservatives chopped away whole branches, and spending levels have not risen since.  There cannot possibly be any left in public finances to make savings.

The second thing that  really annoyed me, and showed just how clueless Cameron really is, was when he said that governement needed to be saving for a rainy day.  Honestly David, stick your head out the window and you will see that it is bucketing down, if the economy were like the weather, this would be the wettest period since the 1930’s.  We are in the middle of a rainy day, the rainiest it has been in living memory.  Now is the time to be spending our way out of trouble, as it is the only way to get ourselves out of trouble. Yes there will be higher taxes in the future, but that is cheap compaired to the price that has to be paid for the idleness of rescession.

0 Responses to Dave, Nice but Dim

  1. yarb says:

    Uk public spending as a % of GDP is expected to be 41.7% in 2009 (source), higher than at any time since 1985. So although I agree with you that David Cameron is not the answer to the UK’s woes, which spring from a malaise much deeper than can be addressed by individual or even party politics, he’s right to identify cuts in public spending as overdue.

  2. As a pretty much unreformed Keynsian and born to the bone Democratic Socialist, I see a generous government sponsoring major capital projects as being the only way to kick start the economy. Public Spending cuts are never a good thing.

  3. Simon says:

    “Uk public spending as a % of GDP is expected to be 41.7% in 2009 … higher than at any time since 1985”

    So, from that very same source (which isn’t an official govt site, by the way), you could interpret the figures as meaning that public spending as a %age of GDP still hasn’t recovered to anything like the levels enjoyed pre-Thatcher era?

    And you use this as an argument that they need to be cut further?!

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