Less than honest politics

THE Conservatives and UKIP are being less than honest with the voters. David Williams, “son of a coal miner”, (Advertiser March 27) in what he may think is a subtle attempt to promote either of those two parties, tells us he was a “steel industry worker”.

Mr Williams, along with other Tory contributors lately, perpetuates the myth the Conservatives are better at handling the economy than Labour. Simon Wren-Lewis, Oxford University Professor of Economics, for one, points out that, apart from that argument not holding water, the Tory’s austerity plan is actually holding back the recovery. At the start of the coalition, Nobel Prize winning economists queued up to say its economic plan was “folly, pretending to be wisdom”.

UKIP candidates have told us they will “work for us, rather than the party’s agenda”. Allen Cowles “agreed with the World Bank’s William Easterly”, who said “don’t cut foreign aid, adjust it”. But Nigel Farage said UKIP would “cut or suspend foreign aid”. Mr Cowles said “within UKIP I can disagree, think, and say what I like”. Now, in his election leaflet, Mr Cowles says “we will cut foreign aid”. You can trust UKIP to say it,you can’t trust them to keep their word.

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UKIP tell us only they can give us a referendum on Europe. If that is not a fantasy, it’s a downright lie. If you want a referendum you have to vote Tory. But you also have to accept another five years of cuts, and even more drastic than the ones we’ve already had. UKIP may win seats, but not enough to make a difference. If we had PR, I would say vote for them, but under our present system you can either have Labour or Tory.

Welcome to the real world.

Norman Duff, Aughton

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