Despite being on the way to government, the Conservative Party still haven’t found a way to raise much-needed cash to deliver on our public services.
Shadow Chancellor George Osborne admitted in a newspaper interview that the present parlous state of public finances will leave them little room for making tax and spending cuts. He said:
“The large budget deficit is the straitjacket on British politics at the moment. One of the things we are very conscious of is that we are going to inherit a complete mess. That obviously forces us to think very hard about the difficult decisions we are going to have to make as an incoming government.”
The Conservatives have also planned to match Labour’s spending levels for up to two years.
Is that all they can come up with? Whatever happened to the tax-cutting party? If they can put forward a simple tax message, they would wipe the floor with Labour at the general election.