No Polly, ‘fraid not

Hills says that what surprised him most about his findings is how little Cameron has actually cut overall government spending, just 3%. How odd, given the recorded cuts. The answer is that the money cut from services was recycled into tax cuts for the better off.

Sorry, it doesn’t work that way. Tax cuts are not government spending. So you can’t use them to argue that that’s where the government spending has gone.

The actual truth is that Cameron hasn’t really cut government spending very much, if at all (depends whether you want to measure in real or nominal terms and compared to what baseline, actual spending amounts or previous plans for future spending amounts).

7 thoughts on “No Polly, ‘fraid not”

  1. Many years in the future, neuroscientists will fully ubnderstand the mechanism by which certain people can make themselves to believe things which vare not true simply by repetition.

  2. If spending on services has taken a hit while total spending hasn’t it is perhaps due to increased interest costs.

  3. it’s part of the newspeak which is a standard, and very successful, strategy of the left. They are trying to convince people tax cuts is government spending so that people think that all the money belong to the state.

  4. This just logically wrong. There is no missing money. Hills took the ‘recorded cuts’ into account to arrive at his 3% figure. End of story.

    What Polly is saying is it feels to her like they cut more than that. Well, quite possibly, but in fact they didn’t.

    Esteemed commenters here have pointed out before that Cameron has made trivial but high profile cuts to create the illusion of austerity. Hills has simply confirmed that.

  5. took the ‘recorded cuts’ into account to arrive at his 3% figure. End of story.

    What Polly is saying is it feels to her like they cut more than that. Well, quite possibly, but in fact they didn’t.

    Esteemed commenters here have pointed out before that Cameron has made trivial but high profile cuts to create the illusion of austerity. Hills has simply confirmed that.

  6. There have been huge cuts in certain areas, but protected budgets like NHS and most of the welfare budget mean the aggregate impact is small.

    Hence they have managed to create a few instances of genuine hardship through swift and significant cuts, with real adverse impacts on public services, whilst actually saving just under fuck all. GENIUS!

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