My oh my! After two years and five months of a coalition government, not even a Tory government, Ed Balls has reinvented himself as Stafford Cripps, and sees his future as one of pulling Britain out of âpost-war austerityâ. Does he seriously imagine that the coalition government has done as much damage to Britain as the Luftwaffe achieved in five years?
The coalition government contains some 20 ministers of the limp handshake variety, otherwise known as Lib-Dems, the very same people that Gordon Brown and his entourage of hangers on, Balls & co, to name a few, were prepared to hand âthe moon on a stick toâ in an effort to absorb their policies into a Lib-Dem-Labour coalition. It would have been an incredibly shaky coalition, had it come to fruition. One that relied on every fringe maverick in parliament to agree to Ballsâ demands in order to keep the show on the road.
Be that as it may, Balls has bounced back again at the Labour party conference with a speech announcing just how he will undo the damage he thinks has been done to the economy by a combination of âglobal fiscal meltdownâ and the hated Tory toffs. Nothing to do with the massive overspend of monies they had not yet earned. Goodness me no.
âMany people have said over recent weeks: âThis has been Britainâs greatest ever summer.â
âBut let me remind you of an even greater summer still: the summer of 1945 â the end of six hard years of war â when our nation welcomed its heroes home from the battlefields of Europe, Asia and the Atlantic, and celebrated together the defeat of fascism.
âConference, our predecessors were elected that year to rebuild a country ravaged by conflict.
âThey faced even greater challenges than we face today: an economy enfeebled by war, a national debt double the size of ours today. And they made tough and unpopular decisions: to continue with rationing, to cut defence spending and to introduce prescription charges.
He has his eye on the Â£3 billion that the government have not yet earned, but might do, from the 4G sell off. Pie in the sky at this stage, but it matters not, for the masterful Balls has already turned Â£2.5 billion of it into 100,000 houses, more impressive than feeding a mere 5,000 people with five little fishesâ¦ Wickes superstore must be cutting their prices dramatically, and builders working for 53 groats a month if he can build houses for Â£25,000 each! Perhaps he is really invoking the spirit of the Attlee government and intends to provide war time pre-fab housing. Thatâll go down well with the entitlement society.
If his grasp of mathematics and economics appears shaky, how about his grasp of history? He says that he cannot provide details of which cuts he would make, but referred instead to:
â The tough decisions taken by the Attlee government in 1945, such as continuing rationing, cutting defence spending and introducing prescription charges.â
Quite remarkable! Attlee introduced prescription charges a full three years before the NHS was born? Prescription charges didnât come in until 1952. Does anybody actually proof read these speeches?
Brown and Balls â âthe sorcerers apprenticeâ â turned public spending into near 50% of every pound worked for by the usefully employed. They spent four pounds every time they got their mits on three pounds â leaving an IOU to cover the difference. They turned near 50% of the population into addicts in Chrisâs memorable phrase. Like the ultimate DIY disaster zones, they took the roof off the house, removed the windows, and then blamed the chill wind blowing in from America for the fact that we were all left shivering. Nothing to do with us Guv! Itâs that wind wotâs making you cold.
Now he would have us believe that its not actually the wind that is the problem â itâs the speed the builders are working at to put the roof back onâ¦
Rationing bananas might have got the Attlee government back on track, I think the UK might need a more profound economic policy than that.