Since I stumbled across this comment on a Guardian piece, I’ve sent it to a few people. It’s a forensic debunking of the “mess the last Labour government left us” nonsense peddled by the Tories and their press attack dogs from before the 2010 election, and repeated ad nauseam since then, rarely challenged.
The only reason I’m copying it here is that the link directly to the comment is hit and miss on different devices, and there are 520 comments on the piece if your device doesn’t follow the link exactly. The comment is by Comment is Free user “bullingdonmorons”, and I hope they don’t mind me posting it here. If they want me to take it down, or want a better credit, I’ll happily do either.
Original link – https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/apr/16/leaders-debate-cameron-not-invited-criticism#comment-50568026
Tory lies – from Guardian Comment is Free
Posted: 16 Apr 2015
The Conservatives are immoral liars.
There are lies, damned lies, and then there are Tory lies. Nobody lies like a Tory.
The list of broken promises contained within the Tory manifesto of 2010 made it a piece of fiction worthy of Charles Dickens, whilst their present manifesto could end up being a masterpiece ranking alongside ‘Great Expectations’. However, as it is impossible to judge them on their future lies, we can only examine the Tories on the lies they are now promoting in their squalid election campaign.
“We cannot return to the chaos of Labours borrowing and spending.”
If you’re going to tell a lie, make it a whopper.
Labour ALWAYS spend more than the Conservatives, right? Well, let’s see. The figures for government spending as a % of GDP since 1980:-
Between 1980-1997 Tory spending averaged 43.5% of GDP
Between 1997-2010 Labour spending averaged 39.8% of GDP (Including the money used bailing out the banks)
Between 2010-2014 Tory spending has averaged 44.6% of GDP
Even the most rabid right winger can digest those figures, can’t they?
Well then, Labour ALWAYS borrow more than the Conservatives, right?
Osborne borrowed more in his first 3 years than Labour borrowed in their entire previous 13. In fact, this Tory administration have borrowed more than every single Labour government ever, combined. Between 1997 and 2008, before the financial crisis, Labour averaged £30 billion of borrowing each year. Since 2010, the average Tory borrowing has been nearly 4 times this, at £108 billion. In 2009/10, Labour borrowed £158 billion. Most of this was money borrowed to bail out the banks. Yet, thls artificially high 09/10 figure is the one the Tories use to claim they have halved the deficit. And even this is a lie, as the Tories are still borrowing £90 billion a year even now. And the result of all this Tory borrowing? In just 5 years, they have doubled the National debt, to nearly £1.5 trillion. So, when you hear Cameron claiming ‘we are paying down our debts’, he’s lying, again.
” Labour crashed the economy”
Many already believe the lie that labour bankrupted the country. But if anyone does remember the inconvenient truth, that it was actually the banks, the Tories claim it was Labours fault anyway, for ‘light touch’ regulation. Maybe so, but it was the Tories who actually deregulated the banks. The ‘big bang’ in 1986, pushed through by Reagan and Thatcher, was the legislation that allowed the unregulated banks to indulge in the massive fraud and criminal behaviour that eventually brought the worlds finances to its knees.
“We’ve created 2 million jobs since 2010”.
Well, that depends on how you look at it. About 150,000 of these new jobs went to Zero Hour Contracts, with no guarantee of work. Then there were 200,000 jobs in further education that were transferred from the public sector to the private sector at the stroke of a pen. Another 200,000 of these new jobs are benefit claimants who are in workfare, and thus do not earn a wage. Then there are hundreds of thousands working part time or on ‘back to work’ schemes. A further 800,000 of these new jobs are self employed. Over 4.5 million people are now classed as self employed, one sixth of the workforce. These people have seen their average pay fall by 20% in the last 5 years, to £207 per week, less than the minimum wage. This means 77% of self employed are classed as living in poverty. All these facts prompted the TUC to do their own study and they found that only 1 in 40 of these 2 million new jobs were actually full time employees. Don’t hear the Tories boasting about that, though, do we?
‘Stick with our long term economic plan’.
Which was ditched after just 2 years, because even these idiots could see that their slash and burn austerity had plunged the country into the deepest recession in nearly 100 years. They also knew that they were on the verge of a triple dip recession, with all the political ramifications that would have entailed, unless they stopped their slashing of public spending. Therefore, they completely changed tack and put plans for further austerity on hold. It was only because of this that growth has slowly resumed. The recovery happened DESPITE the Tories, not because of them. Yet, if the Conservatives are elected again, they promise a return to the failed policies of 2010. Why? Because austerity is simply an excuse for them to dismantle the welfare state, their TRUE agenda.
Listening to the Tories and their ludicrous claims about their achievements is like living in the twilight zone. Telling us that the Tories had to fix Labour’s mess, Labour always destroys the economy, Labour always spend other peoples money. And that old favourite ‘There is no magic money tree.’
Well, by every one of these standards, the Tories have been an unmitigated disaster.
Frankly, anyone who votes for them should hang their head in shame.