Azara Blog: Tories propose to cut spending in a recession but refuse to say what will be cut

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Date published: 2009/04/17

The BBC says:

A Conservative government would clamp down on spending to tackle the "atrocious" state of the UK's public finances, George Osborne has said.

The shadow chancellor told the FT Labour's planned 1.1% a year spending increase was "unaffordable".

But he said spending cuts rather than tax rises were the best way to tackle the UK's biggest peacetime deficit.
But they are not expected to reveal detailed proposals on the areas where any cuts will fall, beyond saying that health, schools, defence and international development will be protected from cuts in 2009 and 2010.

The next Tory government is already looking set to be a disaster for Britain. Not only are the Tories still viciously anti-European, but they are now evidently set on a neo-Hooverite policy as the alleged way to deal with the recession. Given that a large chunk of the budget is allegedly protected from cuts, the remaining areas of the budget (e.g. for research and development) are obviously going to be savagely cut. Hopefully the British media will not let the Tories get away before the coming election without specifying what areas they expect to cut and by how much.

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