Friday 24 November 2017

Ruth Dudley Edwards: 'Bigotgate' only confirmed working-class suspicions

Brown's candour was rare in a campaign where few will tell the truth, says Ruth Dudley Edwards

Ruth Dudley Edwards

Ruth Dudley Edwards

LAST week it was reported that Mervyn King, governor of the Bank of England, believes that whoever wins the election would have to introduce such brutal fiscal austerity that they would be put out of power for a generation.

The Institute for Fiscal Studies condemned the political parties for failing to say how bad things are. An independent survey found that 75 per cent of the British people think enough money to deal with the enormous deficit can be found from efficiency savings alone.

I heard a NEET (one of the 900,000 young people in the category 'Not in Employment, Education or Training') explain that she had no conscience about taking benefits, since she contributed to the economy through the taxes on her cigarettes. And the prime minister confirmed the suspicions of the white working class that the political elite holds them in contempt and gave the media, who were getting bored with 'Cleggmania', the scandal of 'Bigotgate'.

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