The union leaders don’t want to admit it. Brendan Barber argued this morning that Labour should keep on borrowing and spending until unemployment is on the way down – which could be several years away. But the simplistic debate between cuts and investment is now over.
We’ve now heard Alistair Darling and (today) Peter Mandelson both spell out the new message; that the UK is heading for difficult choices in public spending. Read more
Derek Simpson, co-chief of Unite – Britain’s biggest union – told an audience today that the UK is heading towards a big Conservative victory in the general election.
“We are eight months away from a Tory government, probably with a landslide facing us and all the havoc they will wreak on our movement,” he said. “It is the time to wake up and smell the coffee….and minimise the loss.” Read more