Letter: David Holland, November 14, 2014

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I had to raise a smile at Chris Kerry’s letter (Letters, November 7). It reminded me of the nonsense trumpeted by George Osborne and the rest of the government as they desperately try to hide the dire state of the UK economy. Alongside the equally misleading “vote UKIP get Labour”, their mantra of “we’ve taken the tough decisions required and the economy is saved” couldn’t be more wrong.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) publishes a monthly report packed with actual numbers, rather than soundbites and propaganda, and it is therefore well worth a look.

At present the structural debt is £1.45 trillion. That’s excluding the bank bail-outs.

To give this mind-blowing number some context, it’s £22,656 for every single man, woman, and child in the UK. Pretty frightening when you add it to all the personal borrowing on mortgages, credit cards, student loans, payday lenders, store cards etc.

The government is trying to spend its way out of a hole and will have to spend more and more to fund its vote-chasing tax cuts and spending give-aways as it desperately tries to cling to power. Claiming that Labour would borrow more and accusing Labour of trying to borrow its way out of trouble – a couple more debunked Tory myths for your collection. Luckily it’s not all gloom and doom.

The jobless figures are down, after another sprinkle of fairy dust. Of course, if you make it more difficult for people out of work to claim benefits, you can knock more of them off the total of unemployment benefit claimants.

Fiddle the figures to paint the picture you want voters to see as the election approaches – they’ve never done that before!

The Right way – they must think we came down with the last shower of rain!

David Holland,

Oaklands Farm, Litcham