David Cameron is the best spinner in British politics. His career was spinning for Norman Lamont and then spinning for Michael Howard. His private sector experience was spinning for Carlton Communications. He has started his Prime Ministerial career with magesterial spin. Apparently the deficit is bigger than expected. It is not true. It is a big lie but that does not mean that he will demean his office by trying it on.
This morning the Financial Times' Tim Harford exposed David Cameron's lies on BBC Radio 4. You can listen to it here, or read a transcript here. The key part is here..
"The politicians weren’t talking about but everybody else was, especially the big numbers, the national debt, £770 billion. The projected debt in 5 years £1400 billion. They haven’t changed. David Cameron also pointed to lots and lots of little numbers throughout his speech and we’ve actually tracked down all but one of them and that every single one that we’ve tracked down was available in a published document often an official document before the election."
It is worse because David Cameron if he was being honest would actually say the figures are better than he expected. On 21st May the Office for National Statistics announced these nice figures which David Cameron is choosing to ignore because they do not fit the distorted picture he wishes to paint.
• Deficit down by £11bn on Alistair Darling's forecast
• April shortfall is record £10bn but still below predictions
The truth is the figures were better than expected, not worse. This wilful misrepresentation means that David Cameron is leading Britain to a double dip recession like Greece.
The "consultation" of the British public is a pointless farce if the government presents fiddled figures. This morning David Cameron was exposed telling lies, he should apologise. Nick Clegg should hold him to account as well.