The Government's own figures show that they will be cutting spending across all departments (including health) by 7%. Fraser Nelson gives the details. What Brown did in PMQs yesterday was lie to the house and the nation. By claiming that a Labour Government would increase spending was a blatant lie. Either he knows full well the he is lying to us all, or he is indeed completely delusional. The press have already jumped upon Brown's lies and it looks like he is causing the Labour party further embarrassment.
However, there could be some truth to Brown's claims on spending (shocked?). They may not be cutting spending after all (even though their budget says they are). Cabinet Minister Liam Byrne told BBC Radio 4's programme:
"Between now and 2013/14, public spending will rise by £86bn but if we make a series of very difficult choices on, for example, tax and, for example, on efficiencies, we can halve the budget deficit over the course of five years."So there you have it. Not only are they going to cut spending (according to their own budget figures), they are also going to increase our taxes to repay the massive amount of debt that they have piled upon the nation. And don't be fooled by the "spending will rise by £86bn" that does not include inflation or interest payment on debts (that's were the 7% cut figure comes from).
So in what form are these Labour tax increases likely to appear? I think we should be told the truth before we are expected to vote in the General Election.