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The shadow chancellor's capitulation on cuts and public sector pay offers vindication for the Tories
Tags: Ed Balls
What surrender? Labours position hasn't changed.
The Ed Balls Fabian speech should have been part of Ed Miliband's Tuesday speech so that people and the media could have properly questioned him on it & then Cameron could have questioned him on it @ pmqs. But Ed Miliband showed that he ain't ready to face the reaction which is why he passed it on to Ed Balls to make his announcements.
Owen is wrong to say Ed Balls etc have surrendered because what the 2 Eds have done is to deceive us & people hate being taken for a mug. To cover this up, the 2 Ed's keep contradicting what they are saying & writing, One minute it's "we oppose the cuts" then it"s "if we win the next election then we won't be able to reverse all the cuts" then it's "we have to continue all the cuts". The only consistency in the Labour economic message is "too much too fast" but they refuse to say what they won't reverse and why they won't reverse them.
People keep saying "read the speech to understand what Ed says and means" but the point is that the 6 million or so voters don't care what a politician says to a members club. I'd like to see the 2 Ed's go to town hall meetings across the country and tell them the truth & just be honest. The 2 Ed's know exactly what cuts they do and do not agree with & they need to stop taking people for mugs & start being specific.
Giving the consensus a kicking