Labour should have held spending reviews

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I’m no fan of Nick Clegg or the Lib Dems, but what the city’s Labour MPs have been saying about the Chancellor’s Spending Review is at best misleading and at worse, disgracefully hypocritical.

Angela Smith, MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge, said that the Chancellor would fail to balance the books by 2015 and that “we’ve had lots of pain, but not much gain.” Perhaps Labour should have thought a little harder about what the future might hold for Sheffield, before embarking on the economic policies that got us into this mess.

Indeed, while she says the economy has been flatlining, the ONS have revised their figures and revealed that the UK did not suffer a double dip recession in 2012, but that the recession in 2008 under Labour was much worse than previously thought. The Chancellor is clearly trying to put the mistakes of the past right, but he obviously hadn’t bargained on the scale and size of the mess Labour left in their wake. None of us could have.

Meanwhile, Clive Betts MP says: “Local council services are again bearing the brunt of the Government’s cuts.”

Nearly all government departments have been asked to make the necessary further efficiency savings to reduce the deficit and help get the country back on track.

If only Labour had done some spending reviews in government.

Alexander Dale

Queens View, Park Grange Road, S2