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Published on October 21st, 2010 | by The Editor
Image © If you turned on the television or computer after the Spending Review, you would have seen Labour shouting how mean the Tories are. Labour are different, and we should put our faith in them. The Conservatives shouting ‘Labour did it’ and screaming ‘deficit denier’ to anyone who wants to engage in a conversation about our economy that isn’t a sound bite dreamed up at CCHQ. Liberal Democrats doing intricate somersaults of logic, convincing themselves this is what they signed up for. All hoping if they shout loudly enough, their fiction becomes truth. The cacophony will convince the rest of us there is more than a fag paper between them. You may not have noticed Labour saying ‘’Labour also planned to make cuts in welfare that would have the effect of reducing the average size of departmental cuts ... to well below 20%'’’. Or Alan Johnson describing the cruellest of the welfare cuts as ‘progress’ on the Andrew Marr Show. Apparently no one noticed the speed at which the ‘Red-Ed’ tag was shed. And because Labour are our biggest hope of opposition to this suicidal economic agenda, you can’t mention Gordon Brown’s deregulation of a financial sector beyond Thatcher’s wildest dreams. You daren’t mention the overvalued property bubble that underpins personal private debt of £1457- or ask what happens as millions become unable to service that debt. You can’t mention Darling pouring three times our total annual expenditure into a bank bailout scheme with so few conditions attached, that money is used to pay bonuses of millions. Demanding debate about Labours role in causing this crisis, would be disloyal and undermine our most effective means of opposing this suicidal economic strategy. Cameron, Clegg and Osborne don’t bring it up. That would mean highlighting that they would have done the same. Their strategy for getting us out of this mess is the same strategy that got us into it. As long as Labour refuse to come out and say what they actually did to contribute to this crisis, we have no defence against an economic policy based on lies and hysteria. Rhetoric about the deserving and undeserving poor, preferable to a discussion about the dire economic situation we find ourselves in. Millions of us have it confirmed daily that we have no representation in parliament.  Those who are worst affected by these cuts, the ones who will lose their homes, their jobs, and their futures, are left to defend themselves against accusations that their moral defects are the source of the problem. Labour continue deny us the debate about what caused this-hoping nobody looks underneath the murmurings of unfairness, to check whether their policies actually differ. The tribalist din suffocates any debate about what is actually happening to our country. By the time you have all finished shouting at each other, the opportunity for that debate is lost.  Who knew party politics was such an effective way of diffusing dissent? Still, the election was exciting while it lasted… This post was contributed by guest Lisa Ansell who blogs at lisaansell.posterous.com

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If you turned on the television or computer after the Spending Review, you would have seen Labour shouting how mean the Tories are. Labour are different, and we should put our faith in them. The Conservatives shouting ‘Labour did it’ and screaming ‘deficit denier’ to anyone who wants to engage in a conversation about our economy that isn’t a sound bite dreamed up at CCHQ. Liberal Democrats doing intricate somersaults of logic, convincing themselves this is what they signed up for.

All hoping if they shout loudly enough, their fiction becomes truth. The cacophony will convince the rest of us there is more than a fag paper between them.

You may not have noticed Labour saying ‘’Labour also planned to make cuts in welfare that would have the effect of reducing the average size of departmental cuts … to well below 20%’’’. Or Alan Johnson describing the cruellest of the welfare cuts as ‘progress’ on the Andrew Marr Show. Apparently no one noticed the speed at which the ‘Red-Ed’ tag was shed.

And because Labour are our biggest hope of opposition to this suicidal economic agenda, you can’t mention Gordon Brown’s deregulation of a financial sector beyond Thatcher’s wildest dreams. You daren’t mention the overvalued property bubble that underpins personal private debt of £1457- or ask what happens as millions become unable to service that debt. You can’t mention Darling pouring three times our total annual expenditure into a bank bailout scheme with so few conditions attached, that money is used to pay bonuses of millions. Demanding debate about Labours role in causing this crisis, would be disloyal and undermine our most effective means of opposing this suicidal economic strategy.

Cameron, Clegg and Osborne don’t bring it up. That would mean highlighting that they would have done the same. Their strategy for getting us out of this mess is the same strategy that got us into it.

As long as Labour refuse to come out and say what they actually did to contribute to this crisis, we have no defence against an economic policy based on lies and hysteria. Rhetoric about the deserving and undeserving poor, preferable to a discussion about the dire economic situation we find ourselves in.

Millions of us have it confirmed daily that we have no representation in parliament.  Those who are worst affected by these cuts, the ones who will lose their homes, their jobs, and their futures, are left to defend themselves against accusations that their moral defects are the source of the problem. Labour continue deny us the debate about what caused this-hoping nobody looks underneath the murmurings of unfairness, to check whether their policies actually differ.

The tribalist din suffocates any debate about what is actually happening to our country. By the time you have all finished shouting at each other, the opportunity for that debate is lost.  Who knew party politics was such an effective way of diffusing dissent? Still, the election was exciting while it lasted…

This post was contributed by guest Lisa Ansell who blogs at lisaansell.posterous.com

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