“Let me be clear, including to those who would wish it were not so: Labour will need to cut public spending in the next parliament to balance the books. But Ed Miliband and I do not believe a 35% state can be sustained without causing huge damage to our NHS, policing, defence, local services and economic infrastructure.”
“Ed Miliband has no economic plan to secure Britain’s future. That’s why he is simply not up to the job.”
“The big question for Labour is whether it prefers to believe three-time election winner Tony Blair or, er, Ed Balls.”Which rather suggest the Tories regard Blair as one of them.
A Liberal Democrat spokesman said Mr Balls’ claim that Labour occupied the centre ground was “delusional and reflects an increasingly listless and desperate party”.
“Liberal Democrats are the only true party of the centre, focused on building a stronger economy and a fairer society,” the spokesman said.Again you begin to wonder where the Centre ground is if the Liberals Democrats the bag carriers of the Tories ideological attack on the welfare state and who backed nearly al the austerity cuts claim to be the only party of the centre.
“In power, Labour wasted their chance and trashed the economy and, if given the keys to Number 10 again, would borrow too much and risk the recovery, sacrificing opportunity for everyone.”
It seems only Plaid were able to claim the Left ground
Plaid Cymru Treasury spokesperson Jonathan Edwards said the Conservatives and Labour now had so much in common the parties were natural coalition bedfellows.
“With just over four months to go until the general election, Labour must come clean with Welsh voters about their plans to make huge cuts should they form the next UK Government. Labour might talk the talk about offering an alternative to the Tories but the reality is that both parties’ spending plans are just two sides of the same coin.
“Ed Miliband and his party will in fact spend far less on public services as a proportion of UK wealth than Thatcher if they’re in power after May
He offered the frighting prospect of a Con-Lab coalition in the next Parliament which is not to far fetched
. The most natural coalition in Westminster based on the respective spending plans of the parties is a Tory-Labour partnership.Whatever happens in the next parliament it will be the Tories and Labour who are the largest party and whichever forms the government will see the others opposing the policies of the government ,not out of conviction because they believe that is what the opposition do .
“To see Labour morph into the Tories is hardly surprising as it was Ed Miliband and Ed Balls who served as advisers to New Labour Chancellor Gordon Brown. The Brown plan was based on a free-for-all for the banking elite, and a deliberate policy of de-industrialisation which led to the loss of well over a million manufacturing jobs.
“It is clear that austerity has failed on its own terms yet both Labour and the Tories are wedded to it. What we need is a radical change of direction in favour of investing in infrastructure in order to create jobs and economic growth.
And unless s there's not a significant Plaid,SNP ,Green and Mebyon Kernow (why hasn't Dick Cole been invited) the voice of the Victims of Austerity will not be heard.