Friday, 11 June 2010

Question Time - challenging the cuts agenda

If you missed my appearance on Question Time last night you can catch up with the debate here (although the programme will only be available for the next 7 days).

It's not easy to get across all the points you want to in a live TV debate, but one thing I really wanted to do was to expose the weakness of the argument for cuts in public spending. I hope I suceeded. A programme of investment for growth really does offer an alternative to this cuts madness, and it is one that makes moral, political and economic sense.

We need to challenge the assumption that excessive public spending is the cause of the deficit, and counter the argument that cutting public spending is a rational way to get us back on the road to growth.

Question Time was, once again, skewed towards the right wing; with little support on the panel for my opposition to the cuts agenda. But I felt the audience were much more ready to listen to an alternative. A policy of investment not cuts is a serious alternative, and it needs to be heard in every possible forum.