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There is an alternative: the politics of public spending

Parties need to start planning for the long term

By Andrew Harrop  

What will the political parties say about public spending in the run-up to the 2015 election? We know how the Conservative election script goes, with the mantra of “no alternative” repeated through every party political broadcast and media appearance.

The Labour line is less clear. The party still has a credibility problem, with the public unwilling to fully trust the two Eds with the economy. So far this has led to an indistinct and cautious response, with Labour hugging close to coalition spending plans in the hope of avoiding…

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