Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Lies and truth

Who made the poorest poorer? Who left youth unemployment higher? Who made
inequality greater? No, not the wicked Tories. You, Labour: you're the ones that did this to our society. So don't you dare lecture us about poverty. You have failed and it falls to us, the modern Conservative party to fight for the poorest who you have let down...


However, if you read this report by the Institute of Fiscal Studies, you find that while there is a superficial layer of truth, the statements from Dave should have been hedged about with caveats.

They also make the points
that direct tax and benefit changes made by the previous Conservative governments acted to increase income inequality, whereas those made by since 1997-98 have benefitted the poor by more than the rich....
and
although the performance of the last Conservative government is not necessarily a guide to a potential future administration, the record on youth unemployment was no better, and on poverty and inequality considerably worse, in the Thatcher and Major administrations than under Blair and Brown

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