‘Judge us on the economy’ say Coalition buddies Cameron and Clegg. Well, two and a half years into the shambolic coalition Government the economy is at best stagnant and at worst heading back into recession. An increase in women in part time employment may have stopped unemployment shooting above 3 million but we can all see the true situation around us. As I drive into work this morning I see that Staples in Blackburn is to close. Blackburn town centre actually had a good Christmas period unlike the rest of East Lancashire so if major stores are not even surviving in Blackburn what hope is there for the rest of the country. Yesterday I drove past the site of a well established car dealership – next to Darwen Vale High School. Any local will know the one I mean. It’s been there for ever. Anyway – not anymore – closed down and desserted. Try telling the former employees there or at Staples that our economy is doing great!
But of course if you say this to your local Tory we all know what they’ll come back with – ‘it wasn’t us it was Labour’ or ‘it’s a global recession’.
OK. We’ll judge you on the economy. You’ve had two and a half years so you’ve got two and a half left. But the fact is, when Labour left office, measures we introduced such as cutting VAT, and stepping in when the banks were collapsing had led the UK out of recession. You, Mr Cameron and Mr Clegg changed those policies and now we find ourselves in a situation where there is 0% growth, the deficit is not shrinking, public debt is up and more money is being spent on benefits. So far you’ve failed the economic test. If things haven’t picked up by 2015 you’ll surely have to say ‘hands up, we were wrong’. I doubt you will though!!