The mess Labour left us in

July 17, 2010

I am sure I am not the only one who finds it astonishing that our Labour MP Jim Dobbin managed to write a whole letter on the budget without one single mention of the terrible financial situation that his Government left us with. Not one mention of the £5000 a second that our country is borrowing; not one mention of the £70 billion a year that the government will soon be paying in interest alone; not one proposal for how Labour would tackle this enormous problem; and, of course, not one word of apology.

Labour MPs are sticking their fingers in their ears and their heads in the sand, hoping that no-one will remember that the mess the coalition government is now cleaning up is Labour’s legacy.

Mr Dobbin also seems to deliberately ignore that this budget contained many Lib Dem proposals to make our country fairer. Raising the income tax threshold, re-linking the basic state pension to earnings, increasing Capital Gains Tax for the richest, an extra £2 billion in child tax credits for the poorest families. These are real commitments that, at a time of difficult cuts, help to protect the least well-off.

We promised fairness during the election campaign, and we are now delivering it in government.

Meanwhile Labour MPs are not just acting irresponsibly, they are treating the public like fools – Mr Dobbin may hope that the public have already forgotten the mess his government left behind, but while it is rather convenient for politicians to have short memories, people usually don’t.



  1. Yawn, more blame it all on the last guys. Any rational Labour supporter (including myself and all the leadership contenders) except that the last government made mistakes. Can you name a government that didn’t? But there was the little issue of a global recession. Would you have preferred to let the banks go to the wall and have a depression? You can’t blame all the problems on Labour, nor take all the credit for when things recover. I wonder how much credit Gordon will get if we sell our shares in Lloyds and RBS at a profit? These cuts needn’t be so severe, they are ideological driven. Cameron is using the defecit as cover and the LibDems are collaborating.

  2. Strange that in your last post, you seem very proud of helping to spend the Labour government’s money by rushing through the BSF programme before the Tories got a chance to cut it

    • Are you suggesting that Local Autorities should have said four or five years ago: ‘thanks Gordon, we shouldn’t take your money but let our schools fall to pieces because we would like to help you waste government money on some better causes like ID cards?’

  3. Strange how labour supporters suggest that leaving the country finacially crippled is just a simple mere mistake.

    A mistake that has left a millions out of work.

    A mistake that has wasted millions of sterling on a big brother society (CCTV. And I.d cards).

    A mistake that has meant a humungous global deficit.

    If you, as a labour supporter see these as minor mistakes that any government could have made. I think you are quite sadly mistaken.

    A mistake. No. A complete and utter catastrophe. Yes.

    Cheers labour.

  4. A few points are worth keeping in mind.

    1) Despite the opposing noises coming from Labour (after all, what is opposition for…), the cuts being implemented are only slightly deeper and faster than those that Labour were planning to implement were they re-elected. And let’s not forget that Alistair Darling all but admitted that Labour would certainly have raised the level of VAT (on the Daily Politics last week), as the current Government has been forced to.

    2) Were we to carry on spending so much more as a country than we raise in tax, we would soon be paying more than £70bn A YEAR in interest payments alone – that’s not money that’s going to pay down the debt, but is simply the cost of servicing it. That’s more than we spend on schools and the police, and not much less than the TOTAL NHS budget. Who thinks that that is a good position to be in? Wouldn’t you rather be spending that money on the things that really matter?

    3) Of course the recession was a global one, but Labour have to take responsibility for two things. Firstly, for one of the first times in recent British history, we ENTERED recession with a budget deficit – and a significant one at that. That’s why the structural part of the deficit is as large as it is. Secondly, we were massively exposed to the problems in the banking sector because Gordon Brown singularly failed to regulate properly over 13 years.

    4) The threat of a sovereign debt crisis spreading across Europe (and further), just as the crisis in the banks did, is a significant and growing risk. That is why countries like Germany, whose fiscal situation is markedly better than Britain’s, are also pursuing a programme of fiscal contraction.

    If Labour want to be a credible force in British politics they must admit the mistakes they made and stop opposing for opposing’s sake. Harriet Harman promised they would be a ‘constructive’ opposition in her first appearance in the Commons against Prime Minister Cameron. So far I have seen absolutely no evidence of them putting these words into practice.

  5. When will ex labour ministers tell us there plans prior to the election of the cuts THEY would have implemented in stead of just bleating on about how it’s the lib/cons fault all of the time

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