It almost pains me to say this, but I’ve found a Tory I can agree with.
He’s Ramesh Patel, who writes for the Huffington Post. Check him out at www.huffingtonpost.com.
On November 24 2012, Patel posted an item headlined: Finally! Exposed! The Deficit Myth! So, David Cameron When Are You Going to Apologise?
Aside from the proliferation of screamers and the somewhat eccentric punctuation, Patel’s argument – that Britain’s Conservative-led coalition government has been pedalling three erroneous claims about the origins of the country’s deficit – makes compelling reading.
He points out that David Cameron and George Osborne are consistently lying to the British people about the debt they say they inherited from the previous administration.
Citing statistic after statistic, Patel says they are wrong on the deficit.
Moreover, as you may guess from his livid headline, he wants Cameron to apologise.
Because he believes that Cameron is playing the blame game to depress confidence and justify austerity, which he and Osborne use as an excuse for a smaller state and thus lower taxes.
And because, by painting Labour as a party that cannot be trusted with the economy, Cameron is playing on people’s fear in a way that will get them to vote Tory at the next election.
Which where, as I expected, Patel and I part company.
For I could not vote Tory, even if the Labour party were a bunch of thieves, knaves, vagabonds and liars – which they are not.
As Patel so clearly states, it’s the Prime Minister who’s the liar. And he should apologise.