EU Treaty Referendum.
On Gordon Brown's refusal to give the people the referendum on the EU Treaty that labour promised in their manifesto, the shadow home secretary, David Davis said ministers would ultimately face an angry public who believed they were promised a vote. International Development Secretary Douglas Alexander defended the Labour's betrayal, saying: "We live in a parliamentary system here in the UK. Other countries have different systems." Yes, and I also was led to believe we lived in a democracy, you deceitful fool. Click HERE to sign the Telegraph's EU referendum petition (76,500 signitures and counting).
Shadow chancellor George Osborne has pledged that the conservatives will match Labour's projected public spending totals for the next three years. George said: "The result of adopting these spending totals is that under a Conservative government there will be real increases in spending on public services, year after year. The charge from our opponents that we will cut services becomes transparently false. At the same time the share of national income taken by the state will start to fall, as the economy grows faster than the government does. Pursuing this approach over an economic cycle creates the headroom for sustainably lower taxes." Chancellor Alistair Darling of course attempted to rubbish the announcement, saying: "In recent weeks the Conservatives have been proposing tax cuts amounting to £21bn. Now they claim they can match Labour on public spending. They can't and their sums don't add up." No they did not promise tax cuts Darling, they promised to cut £21bn off Labour red tape.
Gordon Brown when speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme could not rule out an autumn election, but said: "There will be a time and a place for a general election, but it is not now." He may be thinking he has left it too late, Iain Dale has news of a big change in the polls in favour of the conservatives. Gordon and Labour are no doubt counting on the socialist tool of making sure as many people work for the government as possible.
Gordon Brown's Speech.
I'm watching it now and he is just spewing out everything the conservatives have said in the last week. Most importantly, he is using a very clever tactic, banging on about using all the talents. What he is actually trying to sell to the people is that: if he is involving the other parties in decision making, what is the point in voting for them? The truth is that Labour do not listen to the people and they will not listen to the opposition. They have rode roughshod over the people's opinion and I cannot see them changing. Brown talks of listening to the people, if that is true where is our referendum on the EU Treaty? Why are they going ahead with road charging? Why are they closing down local A&E and Maternity wards? The truth of the matter is that Labour don't want our opinions, they want us to pay our taxes and just do as we are told.
Jesus! is it me, or is this speech getting more like an advert for communism the longer it goes on? No need for other parties? I take it that Gordon's idea of all the parties working together involves Labour and more importantly himself in the driving seat. When are the work camps going to open comrade?