2. Difficult economic conditions created by government measures to reduce public expenditure.
Yesterday BoZo announced that there would be no going back to austerity.
He then went on to say “But in the end what you can’t do at this moment is go back to what people called austerity, it wasn’t actually austerity but people called it austerity, and I think that would be a mistake. I think this is the moment for a Rooseveltian approach to the UK.”
Firstly, I refer you to the top of this post and the meaning of the word. Wikipedia has this to say on the subject.
Austerity is a set of political-economic policies that aim to reduce government budget deficits through spending cuts, tax increases, or a combination of both. Austerity measures are often used by governments that find it difficult to borrow or meet their existing obligations to pay back loans. The measures are meant to reduce the budget deficit by bringing government revenues closer to expenditures. This reduces the amount of borrowing required and may also demonstrate a government’s fiscal discipline to creditors and credit rating agencies and make borrowing easier or cheaper as a result.
Which part of the past 12 years of Tory rule wasn’t austerity?
Secondly, why is his speech reminiscent of so many Trump speeches? Then there’s the reference to Roosevelt. Why is Johnson referencing an American president? Are there no previous leaders of our own to reference?
It appears that BoZo is using more and more American language, and references every day. Dominic Cummings’ wrists must be on fire emailing his American counterparts for ideas. The language used is constantly contradictory. It never commits to anything. They can never be held to account because technically they never admit to any of it.
I’m sure that, somewhere, there is a central repository the Trump and Johnson scriptwriters dip in and out of. How else can we explain the similarities?
Whatever the explanation, we can be sure we are slowly being conditioned to accept our role within the U.S.A.
Anybody for Domestos Chicken?