The picture Alan Milburn won’t be showing David Cameron

Did someone mention cuts?

If Alan Milburn takes up David Cameron and Nick Clegg's offer to enter government a third time, he is unlikely to use this image as his PC wallpaper. Taken during the 2005 general election campaign, it shows the infamous, contentious and ultimately successful Labour poster claiming that the Tories were planning £35bn worth of cuts.

In truth, the £35bn was the difference between Labour and Conservative planned spending increases, but it helped fix in the mind of voters that Michael Howard's party was the party of public-service retrenchment.

How times have changed, no?

Jon Bernstein, former deputy editor of New Statesman, is a digital strategist and editor. He tweets @Jon_Bernstein. 

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The NS Podcast #176: Younge, guns and identity politics

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Helen and Stephen are joined by author and editor-at-large for the Guardian, Gary Younge, to discuss the findings of his new book: Another Day in the Death of America.

Seven kids die every day from gun violence in the US yet very few make the national news. Is there any way to stop Americans becoming inured to the bloodshed? The enraging, incredibly sad and sometimes peculiarly funny stories of ten kids on one unremarkable Saturday attempt to change that trend.

(Helen Lewis, Stephen Bush, Gary Younge).

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