Chancellor promises to end austerity post-Brexit. Ending it is a promise Tory chancellors make frequently – and never fulfil
In his ‘Spring Statement’ today, Tory Chancellor ‘Spreadsheet’ Phil Hammond promised to ‘end austerity’ if Parliament reaches agreement on Theresa May’s dismal Brexit deal.
The promise may have seemed familiar – because it is. The Tories have pledged an end to austerity every year or so back to at least 2015:
It is, of course, pure spin – the most transparent of ‘jam tomorrow’ rolled out by the Tories whenever they think it suits their political purposes. And yet cuts to vital benefits and to local funding continue regardless.
Inadvertently, Hammond has provided a perfect illustration of why Brexit is far from the UK’s most pressing issue. In the EU or out, we are governed – barely – by a party that routinely lies to the people and says whatever it thinks will achieve whatever blinkered aim is its priority of the moment.
And a media estate that just as routinely colludes, acting as a largely uncritical and unchallenging mouthpiece for the Tories’ propaganda and double-speak.
As it has been ever since 2010, the truly urgent – desperately urgent – issue facing the country has been ending Tory government, for all our sakes and especially for our vulnerable. Whether that’s inside the EU or outside it is a secondary issue.
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