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March 28, 2011

Alternative Osborne and Barber speeches …

Filed under: Uncategorized — felipewh @ 7:14 am

Sections from an alternative Budget speech, and an alternative TUC leader speech at the anti-cuts rally:

What George Osborne might have said on 23rd March:

‘After a decade-long boom that turned to bust, we have to ask ourselves some big questions as a society, and consider radical rethinking away from the obsession with short-term growth and easy credit. I have criticised the past government for borrowing and spending too much, which they did. But so did many households and corporations, the latter using such euphemisms as ‘leverage’. We have to accept in the Conservative Party that the reforms of 20-30 years ago were over-optimistic about the ability of deregulated markets to be sustainable, and of investment banks to handle risk. The de-mutualisations that we encouraged were an historic error. ’

What Brendan Barber might have said on 26th March:

‘We must admit that the banking crisis does not explain the whole of the deficit that was built up under Labour. And there is no way that increasing taxes on the banks and wealthy people will come close to raising the revenue needed for the current retirement and pension plans in the public sector. Much of the burden will fall on moderately paid individuals in private companies, and I accept that it would be unfair if their standards of living were to fall compared with those of our members. As a trade union movement, we have reach out to work with other sectors of society. If we accept wage restraint, reduced sickness absence and make a contribution to more efficient working, in return we would seek to preserve a decent pension for public service workers, especially those on lower incomes. This would also better enable us to maintain front-line services.’

They didn’t say that? Ah well….



  1. Philip,
    Naive, but I have to say, I have wished exactly the same thing. As long as political ideology drives our governing classes we will never hear speeches like this. It would make them un-electable to their ‘Grassroot support’
    I enjoyed the trip into utopia though.

    Many thanks.

    Comment by Matthew Scott — March 30, 2011 @ 10:56 am | Reply

  2. Matthew – thanks for your comment. I agree that it’s unlikely, but not that it’s utopian. If political leaders admitted that their ideologies had failed and recognised what had gone on, they might find themselves becoming more popular. Sadly, they seem to be in the grip of interest-group politics. See this disturbing piece about Ed Miliband in today’s Telegraph:

    Comment by felipewh — April 1, 2011 @ 5:55 am | Reply

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