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Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Balls says its a u-turn - he's right, its his though

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls has accused the Chancellor George Osborne of committing another budget "u-turn". Now a u-turn is when you propose something then change your mind. The small detail that Mr Balls has missed is the fact that the previous Labour government in their 2010 budget added six increases in fuel duty for this Parliament and all of them have been blocked by the coalition government as they've come up.

This three pence rise which was due to come in, in August was one of those rises. Rises the then opposition parties, both the Conservatives & the Liberal Democrats voted against. So it is obvious why they're not going ahead with the rises they opposed now they're in government and can block them. The Labour party including Ed Miliband, Ed Balls, Harriet Harman, and the rest of the Labour's parliamentary party voted in favour of the rises.

So there has been not coalition u-turn as they've not changed their position on the issue at all. The same can't be said of the Labour party. The opportunistic bandwagon jumping of the Shadow Chancellor shows that the Milibandwagon can perform a screeching u-turn. The omniwaffle from Ed Balls in the Sun this morning show he doesn't let the truth get in the way of a good story!

The Coalition parties opposed fuel duty rises in opposition and they do so in government. Labour oppose fuel duty rises in opposition - but vote for them when in government.