Sunday, 17 October 2010

LEAP publishes 'Ready Reckoner' on Osborne’s economic strategy

Ahead of the Comprehensive Spending Review later this week, LEAP has published a dossier 'The Osborne Ready Reckoner' (free download) testing the statements the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, made at the June Budget Statement.

The dossier highlights the flawed assertions, mistakes and u-turns contained within that statement and puts the arguments against the coalition government's economic strategy.

John McDonnell MP, LEAP Chair, said:

"In the short space of time George Osborne has been Chancellor he has already been proved wrong time and time again.

"Our community is now about to be devastated by four years of cuts in valuable public services with hundreds of thousands losing their jobs as a result of his faulty economic calculations and recklessly risky policies."

Fundamentally, the Osborne economic strategy is simply a Thatcherite ideology that wishes to ‘roll back the state’. Today the small government idea is the ‘Big Society’. This is not about strengthening society, but burdening it.

The same Party that tells us the Big Society will take on the role of the state in key areas, also tells us we are living in a ‘broken society’. The effect of the cuts planned on this scale would be, if implemented, to leave Britain with a legacy of a ‘broken government’ to match the Tories’ broken society.

Government revenues have fallen due to the recession – there are more people out of work claiming benefit and paying taxes, because there are fewer jobs. Today there are 2.5 million people unemployed and less than 500,000 vacancies.

The Tories have no strategy for job creation or economic growth – only for cutting spending down to the level of revenues from an underperforming economy. The only outcome of their pessimistic strategy is misery for millions of families.

This dossier puts the economic arguments against the Osborne strategy. Download here.

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