David Cameron has torn up his pledge to back Gordon Brown’s spending plans that were drawn up in response to the recession. The Tory leader now says he wants tax cuts for traditional Tory voters, more privatisation and cuts in public spending.
A leopard never changes its spots.
Cameron has attacked Brown for wanting to “tear up the market system” and return to “1970s-style interventionism”.
Cameron is prepared to watch the dole queues lengthen without any state intervention.
New Labour’s response has been twofold. First, it reeled off all the big business backers of Brown’s spending plans, from the Confederation of British Industry to the International Monetary Fund.
Secondly, it continued to shadow the Tories. Brown has promised that the government’s privatisation agenda will continue unabated, with Royal Mail first in line.
Millions of people rightly regard Cameron, and his shadow chancellor George Osborne, as the bankers’ friends.
Yet Brown is little better. He promises a “new deal” but his vague plans to create 100,000 jobs will be a drop in the ocean even if they materialise.
We need to fight for a more radical programme if we are to save jobs and make sure that working people do not pay for the crisis.