Those hoping for Labour to mount a fierce opposition to the austerity measures contained within George Osborne’s Budget this week are set to be disappointed.
Speaking to journalists after Osborne sat down, Labour’s new shadow chancellor Chris Leslie repeatedly turned down opportunities to oppose, or even criticise, most of Osborne’s key decisions.
The government’s new benefit cap is set to impoverish tens of thousands of people. According to internal government advice, 40,000 children will be plunged into poverty under the plans. However, when asked about the policy yesterday, Leslie described it as “necessary,” adding that: “It’s difficult to say why those who should be in work, but are not, should get those benefits.”
Osborne’s plans to legislate to run a budget surplus “in normal times,” require huge cuts to public services and in-work benefits. Even the Conservative mayor of London reportedly has reservations about the policy, with his chief economic advisorRead More »from Labour oppose almost nothing in George Osborne's budget