Monday, 26 July 2010

"It's worse than we thought."

Whatever, I'm sick of this from Tory's.

It's been used to justify a horrifyingly regressive cut and tax regime and as a get out line for anyone who dare suggest that neither party told voters what they could expect when they asked for their votes. Remember this from David Cameron:

"Any Cabinet minister, if we win the election, who comes to me and says 'here are my plans and they involve front line reductions' will be sent back to their department to go away and think again."

Well, that soon went out the window when he actually got his grubby little hands on power didn't it.

Any last proof of this being the case went out the window disappeared when the latest GDP figures came out and showed that over the very last period of the government and the election the economy grew by 1.1%, more than double what was expected. The economy was not worse than what they thought, indeed it was better. Because of Labour measures we had higher growth and lower borrowing, slash public services now and both the public and private sectors will crash. The best performing sector was construction, and much of that sector relies on public sector contracts.

These cuts are not unavoidable, they're ideological to the core. The Torys wanted this, and now they've got the Lib Dems as a shield and calling people 'deficit deniers' as a sword to attack with. Because I disagree with how to cut the deficit doesn't mean I can't accept it exists. I used to respect Clegg, that PMQ's soon put paid to that.

What's worse is that I saw a Lib Dem MP trying to claim victory over the better than expected figure. She seemed to think these figures showed that the Governments programme was working. Er, yeah, growth from April to June is definitely down to that, before anything they did had any chance to have any measureable effect. Get real.

At least Clegg has apparently had the bottle to say actually the country's finance's weren't worse than they feared before coming into government, count that as a small positive for him after weeks of nothing but negative.

In more fun coalition news:

- We're now going to have elected police commissioners. Oh goody, just what we needed, a police commissioner running on a party political ticket, because people have obviously lost faith with the police and are far more trusting of political parties. Oh wait. Theresa May is a jackass.

- Having read more about the NHS reform I see now they're just standing for their principles. Cutting the deficit, having less reshuffles in the NHS and letting doctors and nurses do their jobs without interference. That is of course if you ignore the fact the reshuffle will cost in the region of £3bn, will be a major reshuffle at a time when the NHS needs to focus on saving money and will turn doctors into accountants, or if they'd rather not then they have to hand the power to private companies. Andrew Lansley is an even bigger jackass.

- They've decided to rush through school academy reform because it isn't all that important really. You know, unless you care about the state of our education system and don't want to see a two-tier system. It would be nice if schools were given time to consult with parents over this, they might just have a small interest in knowing what's going on. Michael Gove is somewhere in the middle of the jackasses. Plus, he's managed to screw up every policy statement thus far and ruined the rebuilding programmes of hundreds of school, not bad for a newbie.

In conclusion, everyone in the coalition seems to be a jackass so far, but some are more jackassy than others.

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