Austerity measures are not easy, but must continue

Prime Minister David Cameron delivers a speech to business leaders.
Prime Minister David Cameron delivers a speech to business leaders.

LO and behold, Labour secured yet another electoral victory in South Shields in the by-election of 2013; and for the loyalty to Labour of so many townsfolk we got Emma Lewell-Buck, but that’s beside the point.

Labour will undoubtedly secure its 21st consecutive win here in May.

Nonetheless, I implore the good voters of South Shields to think before they compulsively put their cross in the Labour box of their ballot papers.

Despite the apparent unpredictability of the general election there is one thing certain – either David Cameron or Ed Miliband will be prime minister.

We should therefore consider the choice between the Conservatives and Labour.

The choice is a simple one: responsibility or irresponsibility; economic steadfastness or fiscal déjà vu.

Austerity was never going to be easy, nor has it proved so to be, but it is a necessity.

A necessity because we cannot go on spending money which is not ours, which is borrowed.

How do we stop borrowing? We eliminate the budget deficit.

We’re already half way there! No, the deficit has not been eliminated as promised, but to yield now to what pressures austerity has placed upon us would be to sacrifice our economic credibility, and everything else gained (yes, gained) because of the difficult decisions made, at the altar of convenience.

What does Labour offer? A £20.74bn budget black hole (do the maths – £2.52bn of additional revenue minus £23.26bn extra spending) in the first year alone with Ed Balls as Chancellor, and it’s borrowed money that would fill that hole.

The same tax-and-spend policies that necessitated austerity.

A student of politics,

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