When I made a passing reference to the new magazine Total Politics being a right-wing journal earlier today, the publisher of the magazine got a bit tooty and pointed out that I was wrong, and to prove it, he said, Denis MacShane has written an article for it. Would that be the Denis MacShane who today in that left-of-centre broadsheet The Telegraph wrote this left-wing piece? The answer’s obvious: cut taxes and spending:
And how can tax cuts be funded? By cutting spending. Take Labour-run Bolton Council. It decided on a zero council tax rise this year and was rewarded, rightly so, at the ballot box. When Mrs Thatcher imposed rate capping and told town halls to curb spending, a new generation of Labour council leaders rolled up their sleeves and worked within cost-cutting rules. Unlike their tax-greedy comrades of the Left in London councils, the municipal socialists of Leeds and Manchester, of Birmingham and Salford created a new style of local government by making less money go farther and finding innovative partnerships with the private sector to begin the renaissance of the great cities of England.
Who said the age of satire was dead?