Thursday, 8 April 2010

1980's .... it's good to be back

The election has been called and the gloves have well and truly come off. For the first time since in a long time there is some good old fashioned politics going on. One opening shot is the Gene Hunt Tories taking us back to the eighties poster. It is curious that Labour want us to remember the time when we won every election in the decade by a landslide (we were rather popular then) and all they could do was write "the longest suicide note in history".
But they did something else. In the 1987 election they actively campaigned to reverse a 2p cut in income tax. The figures sound alarming now but they saw a virtue (and votes?) in campaigning to restore income tax to a staggering 29%. Roy Hattersley, the Shadow Chancellor, was dubbed Count Draculabour. It is curious, then, that they have chosen a battleground, National insurance, where they comprehensively lost in the past.

To coin a phrase the National Insurance debate is opening up clear blue water between us and Labour. Yes it is a return to to the 80's. This was a time a political debate and sound ideology. The choice is becoming clear. A vote for the Conservatives is a vote to keep your money in your pay packet, a vote for Labour is a voting to have the Government raid your pay packet and they will decide how it is spent.


1980's ..... it's good to be back!

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