Some Labour and Lib dem figures are talking of a “progressive alliance” to prevent a Conservative government. This alliance seems to mean
1. Spending well beyond our means and borrowing huge sums – why is it progressive to borrow money from poorer Chinese to pursue an unsustainable level of spending? Why is it caring to ignore the warning signs and to court a Greek style market led change of policy? Why is putting us all, rich and poor, into debt a good thing to do?
2. Telling people cutting Trident will save us £100 billion and thus take care of the deficit. The truth is that there are no plans to spend anything on missile and warhead renewal in the next Parliament, even assuming a 5 year one. The decision on warheads can be taken near to or even after the election after this one. The earlier decision is over whether to replace the current four submarines. No-one has yet even decided whether three or four are needed. If new boats are ordered, the serious spending only begins from 2014. Trident is not a pot of gold which we can save any time soon. The Lib Dem vague alternative of cruise missile launched or aircraft delivered nuclear weapons would cost substantial sums as it would be an entirely new system for the UK,but that too would fall after the current deficit crisis has been played out.
3. Whipping up fear amongst users of current health and education services that they will be cut damagingly if a Conservative government were elected, despite the clear denials of the Conservative leadership. Is it progressive to create worry amongst the most vulnerable, whose services are not at threat?
Promoted by Christine HIll on behalf of John Redwood, both of 30 Rose Street Wokingham RG40 1XU