Disappointing scenes from the lacklustre Kraftwerk reunion concert today....
The election battle starts here. Today. For Labour leader Ed Miliband, we stand on the brink of a 'once in a generation election', for the Tories and that scream inducing line up of George Osborne, William Hague, Theresa May, Nicky Morgan and Sajid Javid it was the first chance at dirty tactics.
No sooner had Miliband, Nick Park's greatest creation, concluded his campaign launch speech in Salford, Osborne and his four cabinet colleagues stepped up to their podiums looking like the world's least favourite boy/girl band and hit Labour right in the weak spot; the economy with their document A Cost Analysis Of Labour Party Policy: The Scorecard for 2015/16
Yeah, I'd wait til the film comes out too.
They argue that their findings point to Labour borrowing up to £20.2 billion for 2015/16 alone whilst they will continue to take us safely and smoothly down the road of economic recovery. But it's worth pointing out that this document isn't offering up set in stone commitments from Labour and that what looks like a duck, swims like a duck and quacks like a duck....isn't actually always a duck.
This cost analysis looks like a Treasury document, but that doesn't make it a Treasury document and tellingly, Osborne won't let the figures within be properly analysed by the OBR because of a 'lack of resources'. What is printed within this tome is not spending commitments but rather a projected guesstimation based on implications from Labour, and implications are not commitments.
Unfortunately though, on a day that should have been about the NHS, the public sector and the next 122 campaigning days for Labour, the Tories have cannily made it all about the economy, making Miliband and Ed Balls dance to their tune.