Blimey, whilst looking for a specific David Cameron article where he advocated scrapping the 10p tax band – years before Gordon Brown did it, I found a couple of juicy quotes that I felt were quite relevent to today’s situation.
The first is relating to the recession and Cameron’s spending plans. The second one relates to his then opinion of Gordon Brown.
I have posted them on Labourlist, where they have attracted the usual amount of bile from the trolls who lurk in the comments section.
David Cameron on the 1992 recession and tax rises versus spending cuts:
“After the recession of 1989 to 1992 we had to raise taxes because the budget deficit reached dangerous proportions. The alternative of slashing spending and cutting benefits would have been inhuman.”
David Cameron on his opinion of Gordon Brown:
“I agree that he is a figure of colossal power and intellect; his presence in the Commons and command of the chamber are indeed awesome.”
It’s not surprising as slashing spending is exactly what Cameron is proposing to do now, yet seven years ago explained it would have been inhuman if he’d done it at the Treasury under Norman Lamont.
So it’s officially my first scoop! I’m hoping the quote gets thrown in Cameron’s smug face at the earliest opportunity!
Thanks also to the kind comments on Twitter!
Double Update: I have officially been mentioned on Page 16 of The Independent newspaper and online. While it was quite surreal seeing myself mentioned in a national newspaper I couldn’t help but be a little irked at the way the article was written. I’m down as the ‘website’s (Labourlist) Alex Ross’, rather than the writer of the blog post that found it. It also uses my quote in a context that says I’m criticising Labour HQ whereas really I was more surprised than critical. That said, I can’t complain too much! I think Sky News Online did a better job of it though I have to say.
It’s also been picked up by Freemania.