The new politics 2

July 8, 2010

One thing the coalition is keen to stress in its scissor happy announcements is the fact that if we don’t cut spending now we will unfairly load our own debts onto our children and grandchildren. Ok. Firstly, that’s not necessarily true because a choice is being made to cut very deeply now and this is not by any means a necessity. The deficit must be reduced; but it could be done more slowly and over a longer period of time. But the recent announcement of the cancellation of the Building Schools for the Future programme suggests that there is no problem with punishing today’s children for something they had nothing to do with and no responsibility for.

23 of the 29 members of the cabinet are millionaires. I point this out merely as a statement of fact; but I strongly suspect that these cuts will in no way affect their children. As Paul Krugman has pointed out, it is a victory for an ‘orthodoxy that has little to do with rational analysis, whose main tenet is that imposing suffering on other people is how you show leadership in tough times.’   

We’re all in it together.


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