After seven years of lies, the 45 year old MP for Tatton has finally come clean and admitted to the Bloomberg in a TV interview “We need to offset the very necessary loose monetary policy, and the distributional consequences that is having. Essentially it makes the rich richer and makes life difficult for ordinary savers.” This is in stark contrast to the words he uttered as first Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer on 6th October 2009 in Manchester and then again 3 years later in Birmingham on 8th October 2012 when he reprised the words from High School the Musical telling delegates “we’re all in this together”. In his speech in 2009 went on to claim “I don’t believe in balancing the budget on the backs of the poorest,” and saying that he wanted to be straight with voters about the scale of cuts needed and repeatedly said that the better-off must take their share of the pain. Of course its one thing for George Osborne to admit he is wrong, and that his policies, those adopted wholesale by Philip Hammond his successor are wrong. We also need the same sort of admission from his best mate Dave. On Thursday the 8th October 2009, on the final speech of the conference before the 2010 election, call me Dave said “The progressive thing to do, the responsible thing to do is to get a grip on the debt but in a way that brings the country together instead of driving it apart. That means showing leadership at the top which is why we will cut ministers’ pay and freeze it for a parliament. It means showing that we’re all in this together, which is why we’ll freeze public sector pay for all but the one million lowest paid public sector workers for one year to help protect jobs.” So far no comparable admission from Mr Cameron, shortly to retire from his role as MP for Witney that far from all being in this together, he and George have followed a strategy that has forced society apart and all of us will pay a price for that. If Labour maxxed out the national credit card, Conservatives under Dave and George forced the poor to pay the bill.
The need for honesty amongst our political leaders is vital, many view this as the reason why Jeremy Corbyn has been so successful amongst many who have historically felt disconnected from Politics. It is to his credit that George Osborne has finally come clean about a matter that Millions have known for years, although it is far too late for him to do anything about his failings. We need a new type of politician, but perhaps we also need to change ourselves. Its unrealistic for us to expect Politicians to tell us good news all the time. We need to demonstrate that we will vote for people who are credible and competent, and who tell us the truth. Regaining trust and honesty will be a difficult process and may take a long time, but perhaps we are ready to begin the journey?