A leader in The Guardian suggests that the Conservatives are making a plausible case for its readers’ votes.
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Larry Elliott: There are four strands to Tory economic policy
- Help for industry; "We have rejected the argument that the best thing a government can do is get out of the way," said one source."
- Blairite reforms to the public sector
- Strengthen Bank of England independence
- Fully-funded tax cuts – funded by a tax on non-doms and unspecified higher green taxes.
Analysis by Larry Elliott in The Guardian.
Tories and public spending
Boris Johnson plans to cut spending by 15% in template for national Conservative rule – Daily Mail
"Labour accused the Tories on Tuesday of shifting policy “towards deep and painful cuts” in public spending, in an attack that draws the battle lines for this month’s party conference season." – FT
"In an annual budget of £618 billion, there is considerable scope to
trim spending without affecting vital services: a start could be made
by abolishing many of the quangos set up by this Government and the
accompanying profusion of unnecessary jobs." – Telegraph leader
"Mr Osborne has chosen a sensible economic course in protecting only health, education and international aid from cuts." – FT leader
No opposition can make detailed promises about how much they will spend – Daniel Finkelstein in The Times
Alliance of nine environmental campaigning groups attacks all parties’ commitment to green action – FT
"Although David Cameron made the environment a "defining issue" in his
first 18 months as Tory leader, the groups say his party’s approach has
been "strong on presentation and weak on substance" in the past year
and the issue has enjoyed "a far lower profile"." – Independent
William Hague questions Gordon Brown’s praise for Obama – BBC
Government and electricity industry agrees £1bn energy saving plan – Guardian
Ten million homes to receive help to reduce fuel bills – Telegraph
Unions have given Labour £30m since last election – Telegraph
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