Your friends need to see this:
|Our plan is working – and we need to stay on the road to a stronger economy. Please share our poster today and let everyone know:
When the Conservatives came into office in 2010, Britain was on the brink of bankruptcy. People were losing their jobs and families were worried about the future.
So we took difficult decisions to get our economy back on track.
Five years later, thanks to the measures we’ve taken and the hard work of the British people, the deficit has been halved, new businesses are opening up across the country, and there are a record number of people in work, with the security of a pay packet.
We need to stay on the road to a stronger economy – and your friends need to know about the important choice facing Britain in this election year.
Britain has come a long way in five years. We can’t go back to Labour’s way of more borrowing, more debt and higher taxes. Instead, let’s stay on the road that has brought us this far – the road that is securing a better future for everyone in our country.
Conservative Campaign HQ
Promoted by Alan Mabbutt on behalf of the Conservative Party, both at 4 Matthew Parker Street, London, SW1H 9HQ
Here is my response
Lie number 1. “When we came into office in 2010, Britain was on the brink of bankruptcy.”
The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) head rebuked Osborne for lying: Robert Chote said that the UK was never at risk of bankruptcy. Yet despite this public rebuke for lying, the Tories continue to peddle the same lie. Having established the OBR to act as a check on the government, the Chancellor and the Conservative Party might want to listen to its head and finally concede that there was no basis for his claim in 2010.
For the full list of official rebukes for Tory lies, please see here
Lie number 2. “People were losing their jobs and families were worried about the future.”
Note that after an increase in people losing their jobs under the Tory-led Coalition since 2010, the apparent decrease in job losses in the first graph coincides with the introduction of the new benefit sanction regime in 2012.
We know that the Conservatives measure unemployment by using a conveniently heavily biased system called “off-flow” that includes all of the numbers of people thrown off Jobseekers’ Allowance through sanctions. Indeed, it emerged during an ongoing inquiry instigated by the parliamentary Work and Pensions Select Committee, through research conducted by Professor David Stuckler, that more than 500,000 Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) claimants have disappeared from unemployment statistics, without finding work, since the sanctions regime was substantially extended in October, 2012.
And let’s not forget that sanctions are a draconian and target-driven removal of lifeline benefits – the amount of money that the state previously deemed necessary for meeting basic needs, and as such, cannot possibly be justified when all they may ever achieve is forcing people to focus on basic survival rather than on gaining employment. The Work and Pensions Select Committee have accused the Conservatives of using benefit sanctions to massage unemployment figures.
Other problems with off-flow and the far-fetched claims of the Conservative Party are highlighted in: A letter of complaint to Andrew Dilnot regarding Coalition lies about employment statistics.
The Treasury saw a drop in revenue of 25 billion pounds from income tax, which doesn’t tally with the account of rising employment and this certainly refutes the claim that was made about wages rising last year by this Government, too.
As for “families were worried for the future”, the impact of this government’s austerity measures has had a significantly negative impact on women and children, and particularly lone parents. The setting up of the Welfare State enshrined a commitment to state support for those unable to support themselves.
This government is dismantling that commitment. In the process they are destroying many of our basic rights: to universal free healthcare; protection from domestic violence and abuse; decent, affordable housing; pension and employment rights; education and training; and access to the legal system. Some facts:
- More than 70% of the revenue raised from direct tax and benefit
changes will come from female taxpayers. (Parliamentary research 2011).
- 92% of single parents are women. Although they are amongst
the poorest in our society, they face not only the brunt of the cuts
with the slashing of their benefits, but government and media
demonisation as “benefit scroungers”.
- Women’s unemployment is rising sharply, largely owing to
public sector cutbacks. Black and minority ethnic women are
particularly hard hit.
- Poverty levels not seen since the 1930’s Depression, are
returning, as is childhood malnutrition.
- 1 out of 6 charities fear they will have to close in 2013 due to lack of funds.(From the Charities Aid Foundation report 2012).See also: Austerity measures disproportionately affecting women should be consigned to the bonfires of history from November 2014
Lie number 3. “So we took difficult decisions to get our economy back on track.”
Thanks to the Labour government’s excellent management of the consequences of the global crash caused by the banks and financial insitutions, we were out of recession by 2010. So the Tory austerity measures, which targeted the poorest people, were completely unjustifiable. Osborne used the “bankrupcy lie” to legitimise an entirely ideological Tory-led programme of “shrinking the state“, cutting social support for those who need it and slashing public services. However, whilst the poorest paid dearly, this government handed out £107, 000 each per year to millionaires in the form of a “tax break”.
“This government will not cut [the] deficit in a way that hurts those we most need to help, that divides the country, or that undermines the spirit and ethos of our public services.” Keynote speech by David Cameron, at the launch of The Conservative party’s manifesto in Milton Keynes, June 7th 2010.
That was another lie.
The economy is NOT “back on track” at all, despite the savage and punitive cuts imposed on the most vulnerable citizens.
Lie number 4. “The deficit has been halved.”
Cameron has been rebuked twice for lying about “paying down the debt” already. The national debt is still rising. It currently stands at more than twice its level than when the Coalition took office. Osborne is responsible for more debt than every Labour chancellor in history combined. Even the staunchly Tory Spectator commented that it’s: “… a depressing point: the Tory leadership is prepared to use dishonesty as a weapon in this election campaign.”
Fraser Nelson also refutes that the deficit has been halved – see: Which Tory MPs will repeat the porkie about ‘halving’ the deficit?
For a government whose raison d’etre is deficit reduction, the Coalition really isn’t very good at all.
Lie number 5. “New businesses are opening up across the country.”
Thanks to Mike Sivier for the infographic
Lie number 6. “Our plan is working” / “..the road that is securing a better future for everyone in our country.”
Current human rights abuses of women, children and disabled people cannot possibly be regarded as “securing a better future for everyone.” The Tories have also pledged to repeal our human rights act and to withdraw from the European Commission on Human Rights. A government that cannot respect human rights and recognise the equal worth of citizens is certainly not interested in securing a better future for everyone at all. Nor can the slashing of public services, the National Health Service, welfare and other social protections be in anyway about securing a better future for all of us, or even “most” of us.
How is increasing hunger and malnutrition in our “best interests” as a so-called civilised society. This is the 5th wealthiest nation in the world. Shame on this government.
Lie number 7. The first Tory election campaign picture is not a photograph of a British road, as Osborne claimed: The Road to Weimar image shows Tories can’t be trusted to tell the truth. – Mike Sivier.
Let’s not forget the Tory 2010 pre-election promises, broken and deleted from record on the internet. And valid criticism of their spinner of Tory yarns and opposition smears, also deleted. This is not a democratic government that values political accountability, nor is it one that is prepared to bear any scrutiny at all.
I think this is the campaign poster that my friends need to see, Mr Cameron, it’s honest, unlike yours, and we aim to make sure that as many people as possible see this, because unlike you, my friends and I are never conservative with the truth.
And that “important choice facing Britain” that you speak of?
Yes, it’s definitely a Labour vote.
Thanks to Robert Livingstone for the excellent and honest memes.