'Ed Balls will pledge to end winter fuel allowances for richer older people in a speech, while promising "iron discipline" on spendingEd Balls promising "iron discipline" on spending, come on that has to be a joke. Ed Balls, the man who as Gordon Brown's right hand man oversaw a massive increase in public spending is now promising "iron discipline"!
In case you've forgotten the profligate spending by the last Labour government, and the BBC/Labour alliance would rather you did forget it - they are certainly not going to remind you of it, here's some facts to remind you:
During the years 2001-2007, there was a sharp rise in government spending. In real terms, government spending increased from just over £400bn (2009 prices) to £618bn in 2008-09.
As a % of GDP Government spending also increased from 36% of GDP in 2000 to 46% of GDP by the end of 2008-09
This increase in government spending contributed to budget deficits and higher public sector debt.
During the period 2000-2007, the UK economy was growing strongly (at an average of around 2.5%). Therefore, the fact government spending as a % of GDP increased shows that the increase in government spending was at a greater rate than the increase in national income.
Health care spending. The biggest beneficiary of the government’s higher spending was health care. Health care spending almost doubled in real terms between 1999 and 2010
The BBC don't question Ed Balls's promise, provide no background as I have done, nothing... Ha ha ha, except it's not funny really, is it.