Phil Hall On… The Need For Political Transparency
The British public have become so indifferent to what politicians have to say because they believe spin doctors control communications and they will advise them what sounds best in a TV interview, rather than what is best for the country’s future.
That is why George Osborne’s announcement that the Government plan to save another £25 billion was a breath of fresh air as far as comms are concerned.
It is not an easy message to convey and it certainly will not make him popular, but the harsh truth needs to be heard. I believe the British public are fed up with being deceived.
Ed Balls reaction was to come straight back on TV and trash Osborne. “We will make the cuts fairer,” was all he could muster.
When asked to explain further he could not. I believe if Balls has not got something to say, he would be better off maintain his silence.
He did add that Labour would get people back into work and get the economy moving. The British public know that is already happening under the Tories, so what exactly was his point? Is it his view that the proposed mansion tax or increasing income tax, will somehow get people back into work?
To be fair Osborne did not explain where the cutbacks are going to come, other than the Government will continue to trim the welfare bill. But it is a start.
The French have shown that huge tax hikes have brought their economic growth to a halt. If Balls wants to target big earners in this country why doesn’t he have the – ahem – Balls to say so.
The reason is the tail is wagging the dog. In other words the spin doctors are telling him to keep his counsel, keep the public at bay with a load of inconsequential twaddle and hope the Tories combust.