Thursday, 8 October 2009

Osborne's new-found collectivism - Letter to The Times (not published)

The Editor
The Times


George Osborne seems to have had a Damascan conversion to collectivism. In his conference speech he promised that he would not ask the public sector to make "any sacrifice or shoulder any burden that the rest of Britain is not being asked to make". This appears at odds with reality, for the section of society not being asked to shoulder the burden is the one that caused the very crisis which has ravaged the economy and blighted the lives of so many people - namely the banking elite. Osborne's "we are all in this together" mantra, repeated seven times during his speech, is little more than a clever rhetorical device enabling him to call on the rest of society, and especially the public sector, to pay for damage caused by the greed, irresponsibility and avarice of many in the banking sector.

Yours faithfully,

John Slinger

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