LABOUR unveiled its manifesto recently.
I could rail about how the crux of this election is who can deal with the deficit best, and Labour, just as it vowed to end the boom-and-bust economic cycle, is adamant it can do that but is wrong.
But instead I would urge people to read the manifesto and see the disconcerting lack of detail.
Miliband and Balls say they will ‘cut the deficit every year and balance the books as soon as possible in the next Parliament’.
But they won’t tell you that they will spend an extra £30bn – £30bn not paid for by further austerity or by tax hikes but by borrowing.
The national debt will continue to go up under Labour!
‘With Labour, Britain will continue to have the most competitive rate of Corporation Tax in the G7’.
But Labour fails in all 83 pages of its manifesto to say what the corporation tax rate will be under it, simply saying it won’t cut it (meaning it will increase it?).
Instead it promises a cut and then a freeze of business rates yet fails, again, to say what the new rate would be.
Labour pledged GP appointment within 48 hours and has allotted the policy £100m, except the civil service – not any other party – has assessed that the policy will in fact cost £1.4bn.
Indeed the policy, which the Royal College of GPs described as ‘ill-thought-out’ and the British Medical Association ‘a knee-jerk reaction’, is a response to insufficient GP provision caused by GPs being allowed to opt out of out-of-hours work (which 90 per cent of GPs did) in 2004 under Labour.
Labour ‘will set up a people-led Constitutional Convention’ but fail to provide it any remit, instead saying it will address the issue of devolution and ‘to drive political reform of Westminster’ because that’s not vague.
Labour also pledged to cap primary school classes. Give that there’s no number provided, maybe it’s a policy to issue headgear.
Labour has said it will submit its manifesto to the Office of Budget Responsibility (OBR) for its assessing and it’s plain to see why – because Labour doesn’t provide figures.
How is the OBR supposed to assess the validity of a cut then a freeze of business rates, or something other than a cut in corporation tax?
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