Foreword of bollocks …

Though I am no fan of New Labour – it should be common knowledge that I detest them with a passion, Tories the lot of them, this foreword [PDF] from Cameron is, in my eyes, complete shit-speak.

Labour’s great claim is that they are ‘for the many, not the few’. That rings hollow today. This report exposes the truth: after thirteen years in government, the party that prides itself on fairness has delivered the very opposite. Labour have failed the poorest in our society.

This failure wasn’t down to a lack of money. Labour claimed that they would be “wise spenders, not big spenders”, and they would cut the costs of social breakdown. Yet billions have been poured into tax credits and social programmes, and the failure persists. That failure is because they have not directed that money to the right places. More profoundly, they have failed to understand what lifts people out of poverty.

We will not make the same mistakes. Some of our boldest policies are about making sure that the money government has gets to those who need it most. So we’ll introduce a pupil premium so that children from the poorest backgrounds attract more funding, meaning there’s a greater incentive for the best schools to reach out for them. And we’ll do the same for public health, directing more money towards the most disadvantaged communities.

But Conservatives understand that it is not enough simply to spend taxpayers’ money on those in greatest need. If we’re going to bridge the divide that separates Labour’s two nations, we need to treat the root causes of poverty – that chain of deprivation that runs through family breakdown, educational failure, worklessness and debt. That’s why we have put such emphasis on strengthening families and radically reforming our schools and welfare system.

We also need to examine the role of the state. Today the size, scope and role of government in Britain has reached a point where it is inhibiting, not advancing the progressive aims of reducing poverty, fighting inequality, and increasing general well-being. But we should not make the mistake of assuming that smaller government would automatically reverse Labour’s failure.
We need to use the state to help remake society: directly agitating for and creating the conditions for social renewal. We will empower and enable individuals, families and communities to take control of their lives. In this way we will create the big society – our positive alternative to Labour’s failed big government – through which responsibility and opportunity can develop.

Only in this way can we fix our broken society. After 13 years of Labour’s failure, it is the Conservative Party that is the force for progress in our country.

All very nice, Dave, nice indeed – gives you a gooier feeling each time you read it. Although, when you do start to really read it – it says precisely nothing. So, should we Fisk it or just take a few examples of rhetoric, this guy was taught at Eton to boot, and see what we see?

The latter, methinks.

If we’re going to bridge the divide that separates Labour’s two nations, we need to treat the root causes of poverty – that chain of deprivation that runs through family breakdown, educational failure, worklessness and debt.

So, in Cameron’s eyes, the root causes of poverty are lazy bastards who have been knocked up, buy cheap food, don’t have a job, get a provie loan and deprivation?

Remember, this is the root cause of poverty – not poverty itself.

I would have thought that the root cause of poverty is that there are no jobs, or if there are they are working wage jobs, not living wage jobs. But still, Daves fuzzy words are meant for attackers of the incumbent government – not a proposal to bring work and a living wage to the poor.

More profoundly, they have failed to understand what lifts people out of poverty.

We will not make the same mistakes. Some of our boldest policies are about making sure that the money government has gets to those who need it most. So we’ll introduce a pupil premium so that children from the poorest backgrounds attract more funding, meaning there’s a greater incentive for the best schools to reach out for them.

Jobs lift people out of poverty – ones that pay a living wage, but let’s stick with Dave at the moment. Dave believes that cutting educational spending will be good for parents. But those areas of deprivation, Dave? How are those kids in these deprived areas going to get to these schools of excellence you speak of? You are going to pay more tax money to schools that really don’t need it, take money from schools that do – and call that progressive?

We need to use the state to help remake society: directly agitating for and creating the conditions for social renewal.

What? Remake a society that took a thousand years to build? Agitating for social renewal? Christ, Dave – you were educated at Eton for God’s sake!

I do wonder, I really, really do wonder.

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