Friday, July 3, 2009

When is a 0.14% cut a "0% rise"?

When you set your spreadsheet to no figures after the decimal point and call a zero change a "rise". It's quite a feat of bare-faced incorrect statistical manipulation. Gordon Brown should hang his head in shame. Going from £701bn real terms spending in 2012-13 to £700bn in 2013-14 is a 0.14% decrease. It's not zero anything, least of a "rise". This man should be exposed!

Mind you, when you look at the four year period from 2010 to 2014, government spending, when adjusted for forecasted inflation, will in £ billions be 702,699,701,700. So, it's basically staying flat at top level, isn't it? But within that number you obviously have to make savings and can invest more money where necessary. As usual, the debate here is a bit bogus. Mind you, the Tories coming out and saying they don't rule out cuts in education is big news. When you look back at their record, this is not surprising. So, vote Tory and prepare for your local schools to struggle. Yes, you'll get the normal smoke-screen about bringing power to parents, but basically school governors will be scrabbling around to make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.

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