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Leaked Autumn Statement briefing for Tory MPs focuses on ‘global race’ and spending switch

5 December 2012

10:43 AM

5 December 2012

10:43 AM

I’ve been passed the Tory ‘lines to take’ for MPs to use in media interviews for the Autumn Statement today. As I blogged a little earlier, the words ‘global race’ will be cropping up a lot over the next couple of years as a key Conservative phrase, and it looks as though today will be no exception, with the Chancellor using the image in his autumn statement. I note that MPs will also be expected to use it. The lines also focus on the decision to switch revenue to capital spending:

‘Today the Chancellor and Chief Secretary have told Cabinet that they will announce at the Autumn Statement over £5 billion of capital investment to invest in the economy and equip Britain for the global race.

They also informed Cabinet this will be achieved within the Government’s fiscal plans and, in part, be funded by some Government Department’s resource budgets being reduced by 1 per cent in 2013-14 and 2 per cent (£2.5 billion) in 2014-15. Health and Schools remain protected from these reductions.

Funds will be channelled into transport, skills and science. This capital investment will also allow the expansion of existing good schools and the construction of up to 100 new Academies and Free Schools.

The switch at this Autumn Statement follows a similar switch of £5 billion at the last Autumn Statement and an additional £2 billion a year of capital spending announced in the Spending Review.

This means that capital investment as a percentage of GDP in this Parliament will be higher than the average of the Parliaments under Labour.’

Note that MPs are being told to emphasise that health and education are being protected from the £5bn Whitehall cuts, and to contrast this government’s plan with Labour’s own record on capital investment.

UPDATE, 11.15am I’ve just come back from the morning lobby briefing, where we were told that Cabinet met for an hour this morning for the Chancellor to brief his colleagues on the Autumn Statement. Apparently, there was no banging of desks at the end, which is hardly a surprise. Osborne told ministers at the meeting that ‘Britain is on the right track and that we are dealing with our deficit and our debt in a fair way. That means everyone must make a contribution, and that we are equipping Britain to succeed in the global race.’

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  • http://rationbaby.wordpress.com/ valedictorian16

    since when did in the press e-state, have to become, more about leaking, in same estate…. and more important than, the dialogue?

    a progressio….. not part of my heart
    when did it start?
    was it overnight sensation
    or gradual declination?

  • Olaf

    So they’re going to equip Britain for the Global race by continuing to hobble us with Ecoloony taxes and a £2Billion ecoloony gift for other countries, which we’ll have to borrow to hand out.
    Aye you’re top of your game you lot, absolute bloody grade A1 geniuses.

  • MajorFrustration

    You get the impression that the UK is just a very large computer game for Dave and george to play with.

  • William Blakes Ghost

    Woeful. More Bilderberg nonsense. When are they going to realise that globalism is a large part of the problem and that peddling such lines only further emphasises how remote and detached from the electorate they are. People don’t care about some global race which involves vested interests, billionaires and their gigantic companies. People don’t trust these companies. Every large company and billionaire is a tax avoider. These are the impressions that are beingf imprinted on the electorate. After all Cameron Clegg and Miliband have been banging on about immoral capitalism and immoral tax avoidance for the last two years or more.

    Until the Tories develop a credible and coherent line about how they will help the British people and their communities rather than collude with the immoral and the cause of our debts they are only going to stagnate and decline in people’s opinions. Its about time they started overtly standing up for the British people rather than being seen as frontmen for the vested interests they so often posture against.

    Thatcher was elected three times as much as anything because she fought for the ordinary people of the Falklands and she gave the British people the right to buy their council houses. If Cameron and Osborne don’t understand that then they will be out of Downing Street in 2015 and they will be gone in no uncertain terms because so far they have failed abysmally to present themselves as being on the side of the electorate..

    • DavidDP

      She also enmeshed Britain deeper into the globalised economy perhaps more than any country in the Western World.

    • HooksLaw

      Ah ‘Bildeberg’ – wondered when that would come up.
      Thatcher actually was so clued up she LOST the Falklands before at great cost they were retaken.
      Spare us your dream world fantasies and go and join your fellow loopy cultist survivalist friends in the likes of Montana.

  • Wilhelm

    Read in the Daily Mail that the Liberals want every family to pay £70 for Africa to go green. Will this Bongo madness never end ?

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2243192/Senior-Tories-blast-plan-pledge-2bn-UK-taxpayers-help-Third-World-green.html

    • telemachus

      This is money we need to invest to promote goodwill now and reap economic rewards in years to come
      Just like we invested our genes and expertise in the USA to allow us the thrash the Kaiser and later Hitler

      • Wilhelm

        Hmm, thanks for your input, complete and utter bonkers of course, but appreciated anyway.

        • HooksLaw

          Heaven forbid the government should have a foreign policy.

          Makes you feel dirty does it having to talk to blacks?

    • William Blakes Ghost

      I thought they wanted to subsidise Columbian ‘drug dealers’ as well?

      What do you expect from a bunch who have a propellor on top of the phallic symbol of their prowess (wind-turbines)?

      They should all just be sectioned for our well-being and future prosperity……

    • HooksLaw

      ‘keelzeebleks’ eh Willhelm?

      • dalai guevara

        WillemTerre’Blanche, we know how the story ends…

        • Wilhelm

          Are you rejoicing in the murder of a man ?

          southafricaproject.info

          • dalai guevara

            Far from it, I am a strong believer in preventive medicines.

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multiculturalism

            • Wilhelm

              Strange how you only get ” multiculturalism ” in the White countries, isn’t it ?

              Nigeria for the Nigerians, Japan for the Japanese, Egypt for the Egyptians, Europeans nations for everyone.

              • dalai guevara

                Hahaha, so Shell is a Nigerian company now? And the Arab spring nations with an average debt to GDP ratio of zero are now all signing up to a national leverage funding program of their own making? Oil workers in Libya are all homegrown..Libyans? Gaddafi’s son went to school at an LSE devision based in Tripoli? The University of Liverpool Suzhou Campus is based in Merseyside? I am running out of blog space…

      • Wilhelm

        Hooky, actually it’s the reverse, 3000 white farmers murdered since the end of apartheid .

        http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/9716539/South-African-farmers-fearing-for-their-lives.html

  • Rhoda Klapp

    Is the aim of the global race to be finished before all the other competitors? I’m sure we will be.

    • telemachus

      A double
      But of course you are correct if we stick with this shower

  • telemachus

    Scoop
    But the 5 billion is chickenfeed as compared with the money he has sucked out.
    As posted on the last thread
    Tinkering

    • swatantra

      Its a paltry sum, just enough to buy a few trainers.
      Britain is on the rack and its this Coalition thats responsible for taking all the wrong decisions in 2010.
      Its like the 60’s all over again and all about the ‘management of decline’, when Labour was much better at the managing than the Tories, because Labour realised that Britain was fast falling down the world league tables and the Tories as ever were in complete denial.

      • Rhoda Klapp

        Why do we have to decline at all? What in fact are our national aims? Do we have any? And of course if what we have been doing is the answer, just what the bloody hell was the question?

        I don’t want to be in the global race. I want to mind our own business and make things better for UK citizens. That isn’t even legal any more. When we have fixed it all here we are then free to make it better for other countries’ citizens, except they all have governments of their own whose job it is to do that. No global race. No matter if Brazil or China or India get rich so long as we do. In terms of prosperity and satisfaction, not measured only by money. Free of debt would be nice. Free of state interference would be nice too.

        • swatantra

          ‘Stop the World, I want to get off’ is no longer an option.
          Our best option would be to throw in our lot with Europe.
          Together we can stand up robustly to any challenges that the Americas or Asia throw at us.

          • Rhoda Klapp

            Europe is our friend and the US (or anybody else) is our enemy? Why? Do I suggest ‘stop the world’ anywhere? I propose to manage what is our business and to keep out of what is not.

        • HooksLaw

          ‘I don’t want to be in the global race’ – I’d never have guessed!

          What a bunch of saddos you lot are.

          • Rhoda Klapp

            Well, where are we racing to? You omitted to state the aim. It just is not a competition in any way one can recognise. There is no finishing line, there is no prize, there is no joy in defeating the opposition. So just what kind of race is it. Tell me, you who find it so easy to get the wrong end of any stick.

            • dalai guevara

              ‘What are we racing to’ – care to post this to any former commonwealth colony and report back to me what response your are getting? So, when it does not go in your personal favour, you just want to stop playing the game?

              Or just change the rules, again?

              • Rhoda Klapp

                I don’t understand, Can you make this clearer? Do I owe anybody anything? What is the treaty where that is stated? Did we make anybody independent who did not wish it? Do we keep any colony which does wish to be independent?

                • dalai guevara

                  No, I guess you misread my comment. What I was referring to was the ‘advantages’ we had when Britain historically pushed the globalisation agenda by ‘freeing’ the tribes. Now, that the biggest steel mogul is in fact Indian for example, we decide we no longer want to play the globalisation game?

                  How dare you negate the profits we made in the last three centuries by playing exactly that game?

                • Rhoda Klapp

                  I am not anti-globalisation per se. Things we do are right or wrong depending on other criteria than whether they come under that heading. We may buy Indian steel if it makes sense. We probably should not pay Indian mogul to close steel plants here though, or give them stupid carbon credits for exporting our industries. We in fact ought not to worry about our history with India. Nor do I feel responsible for what the East India company did. It just has no relevance to today. The advantages we had? The joint stock company, reliable ocean navigation and command of the sea. The US now has the latter, and anyone may have the first two.

                  Still none of my interlocutors have stated the aim. We may be at cross purposes until they do, all having a different view of just what we are trying to achieve.

                • dalai guevara

                  Trying to achieve… I will give you three things we should try to achieve:

                  1- education: facilitate higher education based on ability, not money. Are we doing that?
                  2- welfare: incentivise work, not maintain 16h work/tax hurdles for the poor. Are we doing that?
                  3- workforce: enable a properly thought through childcare policy, again money and private expenditure dictates outcome here. Are we doing that?

                  Inaction/wrong action in these three areas lead to a massive loss of potential. The UK is no longer a ‘can-do’ place (I know, American terminology) but a place of increased social segregation. That will not work in our favour long term.

                • Rhoda Klapp

                  Agree with one and two, not quite with you on three. But I was thinking of aims at a more rarefied level. What are we trying to achieve. Once we know that we can try to decide how to get there. That is how you approach a problem in rhodaland. Define the problem first, make sure you’ve got it right, then without preconceptions plan how to solve it. Try to keep hobby-horse items off the agenda. Concentrate on the aim, no sidetracks.

                  My aim might be prosperity for people in the UK. Make that our business. Spread the wealth without re-distributing it. Don’t interfere with other countries except in the interest of the primary aim.

                • dalai guevara

                  Lack of innovation.
                  Reduction of social mobility.
                  Increase of social divide.
                  Gradual erosion of former money spinners: I am not talking about manufacturing, I am talking about….banking.

                • Colonel Mustard

                  ” . a place of increased social segregation”

                  And who is responsible for that? Left wing idiots like you.

                • dalai guevara

                  Correct, Anglo American inequality as measured by the GINI index or the IHDI must be the fault of the ‘socialist’ EU. Should you not ask your doctor to increase your medication?

                • Rhoda Klapp

                  Why is inequality a problem? Why is equality desirable? There is no need to measure yourself by others. If Bill Gates is a dollar richer, it makes me no poorer. If Joe Bloggs is poorer, it makes me no richer. I don’t measure myself against Gates or Bloggs. If your own particular circumstances do not suit you, fix them.

                • dalai guevara

                  Why is inequality a problem? I have no problem with inequality per se. That is a fact of life.

                  I have no problem with inequality based on ability, I have a problem with inquality based on disproportionate favouring of one section of society. I oppose all circumstances that claim they create competition, when in fact hey create monopolies. I oppose policies that claim they mobilise, when in fact they inhibit.

                • Colonel Mustard

                  “‘freeing’ the tribes”

                  Bogus revisionist left-wing bollocks. You have no idea about Empire. It was always multi-faceted and worth more than your trite soundbites.

                • dalai guevara

                  Listen, this thread is not about what you believe imperialism was or wasn’t. That discussion is a frankly tiresome affair, that is why I chose to word it less controversial than I otherwise would have felt inclined to.

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