George Osborne’s ‘progressive’ speech
By Peter Baeck
Yesterday George Osborne delivered his view on the current budget deficit, the failures of Labour to do anything about it, and the need for a new and progressive government that could.
Progressive thinking was at the core of Osbornes speech, as he defined himself as a forward thinking progressive Conservative, and the Conservative Party as ‘the dominant progressive force in British politics’.
Osbornes ‘progressive’ solution to the budget deficit is a public service reform that deliver more for less, and fiscal responsibility. While admitting that the budget cannot be balanced just by delivering more for less, and cuts in public spending was a necessity, Osborne would not put a name on the sectors from whom he would like to cut spending. What he could ensure was that the Conservative Party wouldn’t cut spending in the health sector or in other sectors dealing with society’s weakest.
The question remains where the Conservative Party wish to cut spending, and what their public service reform actually contains. It will be interesting to see what solutions the Conservative Party will come up with over the next few months. Are they truly innovative and progressive, or is the Conservative definition of ‘progressive’ just that they will cut harder and spend less than Labour?