Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Labour's latest triumph - a spending rise of 0%

If I wrote down on my blog every terrible performance by the Prime Minister I would have no time for anything else, but he surpassed himself with a truly dire display at Prime Minister's Questions today.

He criticised the Conservatives for saying that unemployment is likely to rise. That view follows from the government's own figures and is shared by every serious commentator.

Then he insisted that public spending will grow, saying

"Total spending will continue to rise and it will be a 0% rise."

To paraphrase Benjamin Disraeli's comment about Lord John Russell, to find that such a person could become First Lord of the Treasury helps one understand how the ancient Egyptians could worship an insect.

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