I got married a couple of weeks ago in Durham, where I'd been a student all those years ago in 1993-96 and 2001-2. Mrs Slinger and I (and our children) had the best day of our lives. But this isn't the forum for honeymoon snaps.
I just wanted to draw readers' attention to the news from the Office for National Statistics which has today revised UP its estimates for growth in the British economy (from 1.1% to 1.2%). Which party can claim credit for the policies which helped British businesses expand our economy - why it's Labour of course.
I agree with Ed Balls who said that: "Those figures are for the period for April, May and June, which are absolutely determined by what was being done in the previous year." It is important to remember the doom and gloom being shovelled by Mr Cameron et al throughout most of 2009 and early 2010 about the huge risks the Labour Government was taking with the economy.
Statistics like these from the ONS show that Alistair Darling and Labour were right all along with their assessment of the speed and depth of cuts to public spending necessary to reduce the budget deficit. While it's frustrating that we're not in power to show how this could have been achieved, I'm heartened by the impartial evidence which is increasingly showing that the Labour plan was not reckless. Instead, it was FAIR and PROGRESSIVE. With evidence from the Institute for Fiscal Studies that the ConDem Budget was regressive, we in the Labour Party must hold our heads high and hold them to account for the recklessness of their plans on public spending.
My wedding makes me even more optimistic about the future. With my party about to rejoin the fray with a new leader, I'm sad for those who are being hit hard by the regressive ConDem Budget, but I'm optimistic about the future. As we've shown throughout our history, only Labour is the truly progressive party. Virtually all our major social reforms, such as the NHS, welfare state, etc, were opposed by the Tories. As for the Liberals, they're often irrelevant. If their poll rating keeps on its downward trajectory, they are likely to become so once again.