Two opinion polls showed on Tuesday that most voters believe government spending cuts announced last week are unfair and excessive. However the surveys were inconclusive about support for the coalition and the opposition, one suggesting the Conservatives in the lead while another showed the Labour party ahead for the first time in three years.
A Populus poll for the Times showed 58 percent of people surveyed believed the effects of the cuts would be unfair, with 20 percent of voters more pessimistic than in June. Most of the people polled also now believed the coalition was making deeper cuts than were necessary and only a third believed the government had succeeded in protecting the most vulnerable in society, the Populus survey showed.
A separate ICM poll for the Guardian showed that while most voters believed the spending cuts were unfair, there was no large-scale revolt against the measures. In fact, it showed Labour slipping behind the Conservatives for the first time since July, trailing by 36 percent to 39 percent.
This was contradicted by the Populus poll for the Times newspaper which suggested that Labour had nosed ahead of the Conservatives for the first time in three years. The Populus poll showed support for the Conservatives down two points to 37 percent with Labour up one point since September to 38 percent. The Liberal Democrats gained a point to 15 percent.
I can appreciate that in times of austerity people will be uncertain of how far their money will go, whether they have enough and very wary of how things might change under the Coalition but to vote for Labour is like voting for Christmas.
It was Labour, despite their rhetoric, which spent more money than any previous UK government on expanding the Public Sector during the last 13 years and did so to the point where they borrowed £1 in every £4 they misspent. Labour can blame the global recession on the Bankers and having to bolsters Lloyds, RBS and Northern Rock but the size of the UK National Deficit compared to the sums actually poured into those banks do not bear compare. The huge sums of money spent by Labour to bolster public sector jobs, 2 wars, 4300 new criminal laws and other BIG Government spending initiatives committed this country to a debt that our children’s children may have to repay and far exceed the money invested in saving 3 banks – the only solution is to undo that spending and voting Labour would just make things worse.
The Conservatives and their partners in national government have to make the case that the reduction in government spending on capital costs are as fair as possible and, even if they seem unfair, are absolutely essential or the uninformed electorate will reinvest their hopes in further spending by central government and doom all of us to penury at a later date.