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Tory truths: round-up

Issue No. 2189

Blunder shows contempt for us

The Conservatives have let slip how they really see working class people.

This week they claimed that 54 percent of girls under 18 in the most deprived areas of Britain became pregnant.

But they forgot a decimal point. The real figure is 5.4 percent.

The fact that the Tories could ever believe the figure was ten times higher reveals their distorted view of the working class.

Cuts ‘tougher than Thatcher’

Shadow business secretary Kenneth Clarke has set out a stark vision of Tory rule.

He says that an incoming Tory government would be “much tougher on public spending than Margaret Thatcher ever was”.

Clarke held senior cabinet positions under Thatcher.

Invoking one of the harshest periods in history for working class people—and saying that you will be harsher—is an odd way to win votes.

But it’s a great way to reassure the bosses that you’re on their side.

Will lords pay their taxes?

A Tory Lord and a Labour Lord are under pressure to think about paying some tax.

A new law bans peers who are non-domiciled or non-resident for tax purposes from sitting in the House of Lords.

It was an attempt by Labour to force Lord Ashcroft, the Conservatives’ deputy chair, to disclose his tax status.

But the law has caught one of Labour’s own lords in the crossfire—non-dom Lord Paul.

The Labour peer has a stash of £500 million—but pays no tax in Britain. He is one of Labour’s major donors, giving more than £400,000 to the party in 2007 alone.

Tory ‘co-ops’ are sell offs

The Tories claim they want to give public sector workers more control over their work.

They say they would create “co-operatives” in schools and hospitals where workers could run things as they see fit.

But, unsurprisingly, their real agenda is nastier. It is about breaking up public services and privatisation.

The Tory plan for schools is based on a system that operates in Sweden. But Anders Hultin, the man behind the Swedish system, is open about the point of it—to make schools into profit-making organisations.

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Tue 16 Feb 2010, 18:13 GMT
Issue No. 2189
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