Austerity is a sham – an excuse to introduce Tory dogma.


We had a large national debt. Every government has a debt but when the economy collapsed due to the world recession and the interest rates rose the debt became a millstone round the neck.

There is no dispute that we needed to pay the debt off. It is how it is done that is the crux of the matter.


The Goodwin plan should have been implemented:

Reduce government spending.

a. Trim the budgets to remove the fripperies (training, innovations, meetings, pamphlets, glossy brochures) and put practitioners back from think tanks and training programmes into classrooms and hospitals.

b. Keep everything the same and introduce no changes. Every change costs money.

Encourage growth

a. Stimulate the economy by introducing building programmes that get people in work to pay more taxes.

Instead of introducing The Goodwin Plan this is what the Tories actually did:

a. Used austerity as an excuse to slash Public Services – reduced wages, cut pensions and made conditions worse for Nurses, Teachers, Firemen, Council Workers, Police, and everyone else in the Public Sector.

Steve Bell 28.09.2012

b. Brought in huge rafts of ideological reform and change costing billions, increasing privatisation and causing chaos. Public Services were thrown into such disarray they didn’t have time to protest.

c. Slashed benefit for the needy.


d. Produced lots of low-paid, temporary and zero-hours jobs which got people off benefit, paid starvation wages but produced no tax return. Cheap labour for the rich to exploit.

e. Gave tax cuts to the rich.

f. Did nothing to deter the huge salaries and bonus culture at the top. The rich have never had it so good. It makes a mockery of ‘We’re all in it together’.

Result – we still have a massive debt, the economy is labouring, the rich are richer and the poor are poorer. That’s about par for a Tory government. They are there for the bosses. If it wasn’t for the media (owned by Tories) putting a spin on it and obfuscating the reality it would be obvious.


Tories look after their own!

Instead of tackling the problem they used it as an excuse to reward their rich chums, guarantee they themselves     have juicy advisory jobs to walk into, and fleece the poor.

7 thoughts on “Austerity is a sham – an excuse to introduce Tory dogma.

  1. Opher, I agree that austerity is just an excuse to push Tory dogma. There are a couple of points I’d add

    1. The UK’s national debt was actually the lowest in Europe when the Tories took control.

    2. Far from driving down the debt, borrowing has gone out of control under Osbourne.

    So, yes, had they done absolutely fuck all, we’d be in much better shape right now.

    1. I don’t know how they get away with it! I also don’t understand why Labour just rolled over and played guilty! Why weren’t they arguing their case? Sure they made mistakes but they let the Tories set the agenda. They’re nowhere near rabid enough and they need to get their policies together – too watered down Tory for me!

  2. Its dead easy when you have control of the media. Tell a lie, the bigger the better, repeatedly and eventually its accepted as fact. Dr Goebbels wrote the book on propaganda and that’s one of his best lines. Ca-Moron’s background in spin-merchantry draws heavily on Goebbel’s ideas.

    Labour got hijacked by Bliar, who is a well-educated and self-serving son of a communist turned Tory Law Professor. Its now peopled with self-serving millionaires who have little connection with ‘old Labour’s’ core values. There are still a few good people in the PLP, but they’ve been largely marginalised.

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