From the BBC:
There was no “tax and spend” policies. It was evidently borrow and spend since Blair’s Labour didn’t come knocking on our doors asking for twice as much in tax in order to fund the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, which cost tens of billions (and which was in addition to the biggest spending ever on the public sector).
The days of needing to go to the people for funding for wars are long gone. It is much easier to just issue bonds backed by the future earnings of the unborn, and leave them with the bill. That way you don’t piss off voters and can give people more government freebies without first needing more money from them.
Reality TV is all the rage these days. Reality in politics, however, is being avoided at all costs. Why? Because political careers depend upon doing so. If you’re a politician, reality should be avoided like breaking wind should be avoided at a job interview.
From his perspective, it is essential for Miliband to avoid any reference to the previous Labour government’s relentless borrowing because borrowing is exactly what he intends to do should he get into power – and ‘debt’ is a dirty word at the moment. In fact, the only way miliband could possibly fund whatever hair-brained schemes he has planned is through debt, given that tax revenues from an ageing population are only ever going to decrease. All the more reason not to mention borrowing.
George Orwell once wrote that “the further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those who speak it.”
The accuracy of this profound observation is evidenced by the widespread abuse (barely disguised as intellectual criticism) aimed at Nigel Farage, leader of the UK Independence Party, by the media and the public at large. The man may well be a zenophobe, but the fact remains that he is the only remotely mainstream politician in the UK who has openly spoken about the disastrous effects to the economy that government borrowing and resultant growth over the last few decades has had. The fact that a single politician, who is considered marginal and an ‘extremist’, is the only one to point out the UK’s economic reality reveals just how far the UK really has drifted from truth.
One day, presumably when all the shit hits the fan and the welfare cheques stop going out, the public will get reacquainted with the truth, but for now the truth is about as welcome as a grizzly bear at a salmon convention.