Thursday, 10 March 2011

The fallout from the crash of 2008 has only just begun

Seumus Milne in The Guardian:
.... But it has taken the Bank of England governor Mervyn King of all people to nail the endlessly repeated falsehood that the deficit is the result of Labour profligacy – rather than the breakdown of an unregulated and unreformed financial system enthusiastically endorsed by the entire political class.
King blamed the bankers for the cuts, and warned of the threat of further crises unless the financial behemoths were brought to book. And it was Richard Lambert, the outgoing head of the employers' CBI, who took the government to task for absurdly relying on the ruthlessness of its cuts to deliver growth.
David Cameron's response has been to promise more deregulation and blame civil servants for "loading costs on to business". That will be the theme of this month's budget. It's got all the makings of a 1980s revival, complete with the Thatcherite favourites of increased VAT, deep cuts in the poorest areas and mass privatisation....

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