So what’s the difference between socialism and conservatism? Judging by the spitting and hissing of the Labour Party’s Douglas Alexander, in conversation this morning with Shadow Chancellor Oliver Letwin, it’s about £20 billion pounds. This is the vile slash-and-burn difference between the amount Mr Letwin says he can trim off the government’s future spending plans, and the amount the Labour Party are aiming to trim off the government’s own spending plans, at least according to a leaked internal government sponsored plan, from Sir Peter Gershon.
This trimming of £20 billion pounds is going to require immediate and severe cuts to skoolznozpitals, say Mr Alexander. Tish, says Mr Letwin, we’re simply going to grow public spending just ever so slightly slower than you are. Which as a British taxpayer, I found particularly reassuring this morning, while stuck on the M4 motorway trying to get onto the M25. Indeed, the difference between where Mr Alexander’s sensible trimming becomes the end of all civilisation as we know it, is the difference between either £683 billion pounds of taxation spending or £663 billion pounds of taxation spending; Mr Letwin really is right to claim that there’s barely a Rizla cigarette paper separating our two major political parties. Indeed the layer is so thin, a financial difference almost at the margins of statistical irrelevance, that the Pope could sanction it as an allowable condom.
Which does of course beg the obvious question, just what are the Conservatives for? To me, the price of their power is barely worth the effort of listening, anymore.
Oliver and Michael, tell me you are going to cut taxes, rather than slopping the gravy from one plate to another, and then maybe I’ll start listening again. Till then, roll on the end of the Conservative Party. Step aside, get out of the way, and let’s see if something more interesting can evolve from your ruins.