The Tories are in disarray – in spite of the best efforts of the Labour right and the mainstream media to help them – over their scandalous behaviour toward the Windrush generation, among a host of other embarrassments and demonstrations of incompetence.
But it’s still worth noting that the myth of their supposed economic competence – which has been shored up assiduously over years by the ‘MSM’ but rocked by the emergence of a Labour Party offering a genuine alternative under Jeremy Corbyn – is in even smaller shreds this morning after the latest economic growth figures showed that their supposed ‘healthy economy’ is growing at less than one thirtieth of the predicted rate.
And is in fact in decline by the most important measure, as the BBC’s economics correspondent had to admit this morning:
Economic activity per person has fallen – and the government can’t blame the abysmal performance on the ‘beast from the east’ cold weather periods, because the trend was down throughout the period, not just when the weather was bad.
The Tories crowed last month about their predicted reductions of the UK’s deficit – based on what they said would happen in the future. But the first set of concrete economic figures since Philip Hammond’s ‘Spring Statement’ show that those expectations were inflated by a factor of 33 to 1.
Of course, a healthy economy is based on much more than headline growth figures – but in a Tory Britain of record foodbank use, rampant child poverty, a collapsing NHS and local services and mushrooming job insecurity and poverty pay, the headline figure was about all the Tories had to spin.
And that’s proven disastrous.
At the local elections next week, some people will vote for what they think is right and some will vote with their pocket. It’s clear that in both cases, they should be voting Labour.
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