Responding to the Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS) analysis of the party manifestos, Jonathan Isaby, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:
"The politicians seeking our votes owe it to taxpayers to come clean about what spending the country can, and cannot, afford. This candour has so far been noticeably absent in the election campaign, with politicians failing to acknowledge the dire state of the public finances and instead clambering over each other to make additional and apparently unfunded spending pledges. Politicians are talking the talk on deficit reduction but there remains precious little indication they're willing to walk the walk.
"The TaxPayers' Alliance produced a fully costed Spending Plan detailing out the savings that need to be made by whichever party or parties take power after the election. We challenge our political leaders to either accept our plan or produce a similarly rigorous set of proposals of their own which explain where it is that they would reduce spending instead."
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