June 26th, 2013

This is What Austerity Looks Like

The Chancellor has revealed how much the UK will spend in 2015/16: £745 billion. For the first time we have an accurate picture of the widespread devastation that Osborne’s austerity agenda has wrought:

At the next election, the Coalition will be spending £76 billion more than Labour were five years ago.


  1. 1
    Blenkinsop says:


  2. 2
    UKIP says:

    Vote UKIP

  3. 3
    Ken Dodd's Dad's Dog's Dead says:

    Lend us a tenner George

  4. 4
    Von Rumpy Vanden Plas says:

    austerity and spending is up? even an alcoholic tramp could do bettet than that.

  5. 5
    You know it's right says:

    Hang tax and spend Osborne and all who sail in his rigged market, corporate parasite subsidising, economy destroying Fabian welfarist, enemies of freedom ship.

  6. 6
    I Fucking hope so says:

  7. 7
    Pam Fritter says:

    With the cost of fags I’m having to go to a food bank to keep my kids obese.

  8. 8
    Jimmy says:

    I’ve never really understood the expression “I hate to say I told you so”.

  9. 9
    or well donkey benjamine says:

    all we have in the political class
    is ass
    including faux guido
    lies lies lies
    childish spats and gossip
    divide and rule
    the great british export

  10. 10
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Ed Miliband and Ed Balls in power is what austerity would look like.

  11. 11
    sir bet alot says:

    1/6 it isn’t fixed by 2025

  12. 12
    Hang The Bostards says:

    Austerity my arse !!!

    Just goes to show you cant trust a word these useless money-waster say. Nor the stupid Media who peddle the same austerity message.

    Under any other era this would be described as a MASSIVE INVESTMENT in the PUBLIC SECTOR.

    Wankers….. Im voting UKIP

  13. 13
    Destroy the LabLibCon nest of vipers, thieves and looters NOW! says:

    It’s quite obvious, the fauxservatives want to make themselves unelectable for another 15 years. Or forever.

  14. 14
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Yes Berger actually paying for something. I know it’s hard for you to comprehend. Try saying “I must pay for things I want”.

  15. 15
    Destroy the LabLibCon nest of vipers, thieves and looters NOW! says:

    You never really understand anything, period.

  16. 16
    Farage for PM says:

    That’s a real terms cut of !% pa after inflation not bad if your ring fencing health etc

  17. 17
    I can see it now... says:

    A dick in-between two balls is what the front bench would look like if Labour win the next election.

  18. 18
    Labour Scrounger says:

    Can I get tattoos and piercings on me benefits.

  19. 19
    Ed Miliband says:

    Yes let’s just borrow and spend on non jobs and benefits

  20. 20
    Point of Information says:

    Compound Interest : It’s a bitch.

  21. 21
    Pam Fritter says:

    As long as your benefits aren’t hairy I don’t see why not.

  22. 22
    statsy says:

    Why did you show it in absolute terms? Why not in real terms – or, better, as percentage of GDP. Or, even better, showing what is spending on public sector and what is spending on servicing debt, as percentage of GDP?

  23. 23
    PC Dixon says:

    Dont bother – its bound to be counterfeit!

  24. 24
    Wankers says:

    Thanks for letting us know, but we’re already on board.

  25. 25
    Hertford and Stortford says:

    Iim voting UKIP too

  26. 26
    Hertford and Stortford says:

    Strange how Compound Interest is never taught in schools

  27. 27
    Jeffrey Osborne says:

    I’m a baritone

  28. 28

    The slippery slope drags on – its open season on the British Public .Not only are the Tories incompetent but dangerous to us the Electorate .Osborne the Chancellor – he is no more than a Public Relations Stooge similar to all ministers to try to appease the Public when anything unpalatable hits the press without Government Sanction .
    Osborne personally couldn’t add a shopping list up never mind construct a budget .He dreams up a Policy aided by advisors approved by Cameron and the Civil Service juggle the figures .The overall cuts were calculated when they first got in and they are carrying them through by stages .More BS fed into the Public Domain.

  29. 29
    Yeah, right... says:

    Matching the spending of the last year of the Brown/Balls Squander, and raising it in line with inflation, would see a total of around £780bns.

    So around a 4.4% real cut. Nice to have but easily achieved with some common sense housekeeping in Whitehall.

    Once theres a 1 in front of the 4.4%, Gideon can start crowing.

  30. 30
    Yeah, right... says:

    Gonna take a while for that to sink in.

    The left truly believe that paying for things, like paying tax, is someone else’s problem.

  31. 31
    Yeah, right... says:

    To spend £745bns when ‘..there is no money..’ is actually quite impressive.

  32. 32
    Anonymous says:

    For comparison, why not extend the graph back to Labour’s 13 years in power?

  33. 33
    Nathan Bigjobs says:

    RPI is up 11.8% already (with 2 years further rises to come) and spending is forecast to rise by 11.3% over the whole period. Ergo, real terms cut in spending. Do the math chaps…

  34. 34
    Nigel Evans boyfriend says:

    I demand no cuts to the KY budget

  35. 35
    Portfolio says:

    No one seems to factor in, 2,000,000 Immigrants under Blair, who we could not afford and generations will be paying for.

  36. 36
    Stolen innocence 2012 of United Wheeldom says:

    Reblogged this on stoleninnocence2012's Blog.

  37. 37
    D'jango says:

    Why should voting for a box of nutters make us any better off? Isn’t a slow steady reduction in spending the wise route to cutting the nations debts… Cut too fast (Ukip) and you make things worse, carry on as normal (Lab) and you go bust. I think “Jeffrey” is actually managing to juggle all the balls in a measured way that will ultimately succeed..

  38. 38
    Matilda says:

    Ah, but it was when I was at school in the 1950s, which is why my generation did not assist with the ruination of this once great country.

  39. 39
    Anonymous says:

    Hmm as a great leader would lead by example what cuts are MPs volunteering?
    Will they all be paying for their own food in future?

  40. 40
    Mike (England) says:

    what i don’t understand is where is all this money going, the poor, the disabled and the less fortunate are being skinned alive so if there is only a 4.4% real terms drop in spending i have to ask who the hell is profiting from this?

  41. 41
    Racist bigot says:

    You can’t say that, heaven forbid people might believe you.

  42. 42

    Make some real cuts, endure 2 years of real pain, then reap the profits of real growth. Pity Jeffrey and the rest of the neo-Heathite elite were too chicken to do it.

  43. 43

    Ed and Ed in office and the IMF in power is what austerity under Labour would look like.

  44. 44
    Ed. Miliband says:

    Do you see why we socialists are so keen to”match Tory cuts” What Cuts! Ha Ha.

  45. 45
    Ar1 says:

    Mike – it’s going on debt repayments on the £1 000 000 000 000 that the country owes. 5% of that is £50B a year

  46. 46
    poacher says:

    yes the poor are paying and the bankers are not

  47. 47
    robbie says:

    average annual cash rise 2%. Inflation has exceeded this over the same period. So a real cut- Guido swallows the money illusion that is inflation hook line and sinker.

  48. 48
    Gorbalsballs says:

    It’s obvious that Gideon is simply not cut out for the job, way beyond his pay grade.. Ask Ed Balls to join the Coalition, he’ll soon put it straight!

  49. 49
    Gorbalsballs says:

    That Gideon is not all bad, after all he did go to Eton.

  50. 50
    Gorbalsballs says:

    Wait until the 4 million arrive from Bulgaria and Romania! And then the Turks!

    We need 5 million more new affordable homes. And Benefits for all of ‘em.

    We have to be shown to be fair.

  51. 51
    Herman Van Aerial Disease says:

    We already have a box of fucking nutters in the LibLabCons.. troughing arseholes who tell us we have to tighten our belts but vote themselves a big fat pay rise and each one claims on average £137,000 in expenses every year. Add to that the conning troughers in the EU who claim attendance allowances for just turning up signing the form and pissing off again. we are being shafted by beauraucrats who just want your tax money and do least amount of work for it.
    Vote UKIP!

  52. 52
    Anonymous says:

    no you just had cheap homes, grants and good pensions….

  53. 53
    Anonymous says:

    This represents an average annual growth of just over 2%. Not much change in real terms.

  54. 54
    It obvious says:

    What we really need is a useless piece of railtrack at a cost of 100bn paid for out of grinding the poor into the dirt.

    We are not broke, there is wealth enough in this country to settle all debts and some. Just take it away from those that have been creaming it off for years.

    – Mansion Tax
    – Income Tax up for all.
    – Income tax up by a lot for anyone earning >£100K
    – Simplify tax law to one page.
    – Disband Councils
    – Stop war mongering
    – Stop private education
    – Build a few million houses
    – Make employers pay a living wage
    – Banks to have attitude re-alignment know their place.
    – Stop private healthcare
    – Stop immigration until we can manage it.
    – Get out of Europe

    That’ll do for now.

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