There’s a spin war on and Labour think they are onto a Romney-like gaffe by IDS:
The Tories renamed the Bedroom Tax the "spare room subsidy".
Now they want to rename zero-hours contracts "flexible hours contracts".
— Labour Press Team (@labourpress) April 17, 2015
“The Tories renamed the Bedroom Tax the “spare room subsidy”, they claim. Is this really the whole story?
Back in 2012, a government policy was introduced that remains named the “under occupancy charge” or the “under occupancy penalty”.
It was Labour that started the cultural revolutionary tinkering, branding it the “bedroom tax”.
In doing so, they won the narrative, but lost the honesty war.
Even the High Court ruled that it is not a tax.
And so it a bit rich for the left to complain about renaming policies.
Is it really any surprise that the Work and Pensions Secretary would want to “rename zero-hours contracts flexible hours contracts“? Work without fixed hours guaranteed always used to be called casual labour, before Labour dreamt up the much nastier sounding “zero hours” moniker. War is peace, ignorance is strength…