Cuddly Cameron cuddles the fat cats

David Cameron isn’t quite sure whether he is coming or going at the moment.  Today’s interview with the “Real Business” website (who possibly a bit like the Real IRA version of the CBI – who knows?) has him in his “campaign for capitalism” mode of chat.

While he has made great claims that the Tories would “share the proceeds of growth” between tax cuts and spending on public services, he actually tells Real Business that “we’ve said very clearly that we would reduce taxes over the economic cycle”.  But what if the economy goes down the tubes?  Surely he’s not suggesting public spending cuts to ensure he matches this pledge?

But worst of all – and something Labour might want to take note of, Cuddly Cameron commits a future Tory government to opting out of the social chapter. So no more guarantee of freedom of association?  No more guarantee to safe and healthy working conditions?

This policy of chasing a new opt-out actually gives Cameron a more right-wing policy than that under Michael Howard.  How cuddly is that?


3 Responses to Cuddly Cameron cuddles the fat cats

  1. Nick says:

    I also notice that he very strongly hints that corporation tax would be the one that gets cut. “Tax people, not corporations!”

  2. The politicians... says:

    Pledges to opt out of the social chapter are pretty meaningless. There’s only been about 4 laws passed under it and they’re all fairly uncontroversial such as setting up forums in companies between workers and bosses.

    If Dave wants to make a real difference he should pledge to pull out of EU health and safety legislation as well so the UK doesn’t have to apply the working time directive.

    If the politicians want to decide to limit peoples working hours that’s up to them. I would just rather that it was done by the UK parliament rather than in secret deals behind closed doors by politicians we can’t vote out if we disagree. Surely we can all agree with that?

  3. The Daily is indeed no fan of the EU’s “democratic” processes.

    However, Dave isn’t planning to let the UK Parliament protect British workers’ rights. He is (according to this interview) planning to let businesses sign up to a “Code of Conduct” and then let them off the regulations entirely, because they must be jolly nice chaps.

    Also, he’s still quite happy to endorse the tide of neo-liberal legislation protecting businesses that these days emanates from the European Commission – it’s just the bits that protect people he’s objecting to.

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