‘We are critical and quite angry, actually. Over the last 10 years the government has set nothing aside for a rainy day. They should have used the decade to reduce borrowing and cut taxes. They did not – and now we will all suffer’
– Alan Duncan, shadow secretary of state for business, enterprise and regulatory reform
Blah, blah, blah go the Tories in response to Alastair Darling’s first budget.
I’m not quite ready to forgive Alastair Darling for screwing up so completely at transport, but with Gordon Brown’s hand firmly on his shoulder I expect him to continue the government’s good work on the economy.
But what’s most telling is the Tories’ line. Trying to look all upset because ‘Labour failed to use the good years to prepare for the bad years’. Ten good years in which the Conservatives and their friends have forecast nothing but doom and gloom… blah, blah, blah.
They will continue to cry wolf and the wider international situation presents challenges, like the credit crunch which will make banks act more responsibly – lending less to safer bets – and slow the housing market, but leave us all better off in the long run.
But what really gets Tories angry is not Labour’s now undenied economic success, but that the success has been used to make Britain a better place, rather than fund tax breaks for the already well off.