This was reblogged with the following message from its author, Steve Walker: “Ken Clarke and other now ex-ministers, interviewed following their ‘reshuffling’ in David Cameron’s desperate attempt to show he’s doing something, anything, fell back as usual on the outright lie that they’re supporting the government’s efforts to undo the ‘economic mess’ left by the last Labour government. This lie has been repeated so many times that it has become ‘received wisdom’ in spite of the fact that it is patent nonsense. So please read and share this post that I’m reblogging. It desperately needs to percolate into the public consciousness.”


It happened again, in Prime Minister’s Questions, today. It was bound to, really. Rebuked by the excellent Speaker of the House, John Bercow, for using insulting, unparliamentary language toward Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls, David Cameron fell back, like an involuntary reflex, on a mantra I can guarantee you will hear in at least 99% of Tory (and most LibDem) interviews on TV or radio, in the press or online.

Withdrawing his comment as instructed, Cameron said:

“I will replace it with ‘the man who left us this enormous deficit and this financial crisis’.”

And, of course, cue much Tory guffawing and catcalling of the type that only a £25k a year private education can teach.

This (mostly) Tory tactic has been in place since before they were elected, and has continued, unbroken and to the point of nausea, to the present. Listen to any interview, any ‘debate’ on Newsnight or…

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