The fact that they aren't is clear to anyone that looks at the numbers. By 2015 public spending will have been cut by ...wait for it... 3%!! Oh the horror! How will we survive, surely a Dickensian nightmare waits for all of us? That would reduce public spending to 2008 levels - not exactly a fiscally responsible period when one considers that Labour had been in power since 1997 and spending like Paris Hilton in a shoe shop.
However, if you need more proof that the protesters on Saturday were either ignorant or lying through their teeth, then take a look at this story about my home City Council of Stockport - a Council with a Lib Dem majority, but also with a significant Labour contingent as well.
Although we are being told by the professional left that the budget cuts Councils are facing will certainly mean severe damage to health services, libraries, schools etc, apparently Stockport Council have somehow managed to find the money for a new "scheme" by the name of "Out of Sight, Out of Mind." This scheme focuses upon that strange leftist obsession with salt. The scheme spends lots of money "encouraging" business owners to hide salt from their customers - apparently we are all too stupid to regulate our salt intake, so we need the nanny state to do it for us! Other parts of the scheme include providing stickers and posters to be pinned up in restaurants and takeaways reminding us that perhaps we don't need as much salt as we usually put on our food! Bear in mind that this is the same council who changed salt shakers from having 17 holes to 5 in 2009. What an excellent use of taxpayers' money!
|Salt? Say "Pwease!!"|
In this context, this scheme means one of two things. Either Stockport Council is siphoning money away from actually useful and vital services in order to promote this guff, or they are lying through their teeth about how bad these spending cuts really are. Whichever one you choose to believe, it tells you a lot about our left-wing friends in Stockport! In the meantime, I recommend that anyone who lives in Stockport boycott any stores supporting this ridiculous scheme. If they want to encourage this sort of tomfoolery and make us pay for it, then make them suffer the consequences!