George the Builder and the big Tory plan to fix Britain brick by brick

George the Builder and the big Tory plan to fix Britain brick by brick

‘We are the builders’, the chancellor tells the Conservative conference, as his party takes a sledgehammer to tax credits

Everywhere you looked, there were ghosts. In the 45-minute queue snaking its way round Manchester city centre as delegates were given the Ryanair treatment, there was the ghost of the Conservatives’ 1979 Labour isn’t working election poster. Neither is the Tory conference. There wasn’t even a VIP entrance for tax non-doms or party donors, but as Lord Ashcroft has decided to make himself scarce during the week his Dave hatchet job is published, perhaps there was no need.

In the choice of Andrea Jenkyns, the Tory MP who took Ed Balls’ seat at the general election, to introduce George Osborne, there was the ghost of the shadow chancellor. Indeed, the ghost of Balls remained on stage throughout, as the chancellor claimed two of his former adversary’s policies, the creation of a national infrastructure committee and the changes in business rates, as his own. “I am thy father’s spirit, Doom’d for a certain term to walk the night … ”, as Hamlet’s father’s ghost said.

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Source: Guardian Transport

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