Thursday, February 25, 2010

Gideon's about

Demonstrating that his powers of communication remain undiminished, George Osborne was on the rounds of the TV and radio stations this week, full of his usual doom and gloom and promising an emergency budget within 50 days of the planned Conservative victory (it was originally pencilled-in for the first couple of days, but now he needs to see the books first). Cuts to public spending are back on the agenda, but he's ruled out swingeing.

Curious George was also his usual consistent self, reading his script that Britain needs to show that it is open for business and that the first steps towards creating jobs involve getting rid of existing ones.

Back in 2005, Danny Kruger was bounced from the parliamentary candidacy in Sedgefield (not the most winnable Tory target) for suggesting that a period of creative destruction - an economic theory close to the neoconservative heart - and then ended up advising Cameron for a while. It seems that the destructionist ideal remains current, however misguided and intolerant of humanity it is.

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