Last week I chaired a forum in Newcastle that posed the legitimate question – ‘Whose recovery is it?’.
If you tune in to the news or pick up a newspaper it would appear everything in the garden is rosy.
There’s a recovery; the dark days are over; and chancellor George Osborne’s economic plan has worked.
No doubt that will be a message he has tried to reinforce in the Budget speech he will have delivered this week before this paper hits the street. But where is the recovery?
It’s certainly not manifesting itself in the purses or wallets of millions of hard-working people who are £1,600 a year worse off under the Tory-led coalition; certainly not among the million young people looking for work; certainly not by the million workers on exploitative zero-hours contracts; and certainly not among the half-million folks turning up at food banks across the country desperately seeking help to feed their families.
No doubt Mr Osborne will have had his party colleagues cheering his every word at the despatch box, as he cynically air-brushed over the true facts of his so-called ‘recovery’.
Bizarrely, in recent weeks the Tories have been branding themselves as ‘The Workers’ Party’. Nothing could be further from the truth.
There simply has no been no recovery outside of the board rooms of those who copiously tip into the Tory Party coffers.