That’s £50,000 for every man, woman and child in the UK
In their new book Fleeced! Matthew Elliott, CEO of the TaxPayers’ Alliance and David Craig, author and management consultant, expose the financial, fiscal and political crisis resulting from a decade spent under the stewardship of Gordon Brown. The book is a devastating indictment of Gordon Brown’s time as Chancellor and Prime Minister. The authors bring together for the first time figures of Government spending before and during the recession, and Government losses since the recession began and argue that the cost of Gordon Brown’s mishandling of the economy has hit an eye-watering £3 trillion.
The authors, who were the first to reveal the shocking truth about Brown’s overspending since 1997 in their previous books, show that:
- Since 1997 around £1.5 trillion of taxpayers’ money has been squandered on an acceleration in profligate government spending fuelled by the economic boom; and around another £1.5 trillion has evaporated in the bust
- Government spending has more than doubled in real terms since 1997 to the extent that even if the next government tries to trim spending by 5 or 10%, it will take years, probably even decades, to bring it back under control, and could cost upwards of a further £1 trillion
- Gordon Brown has taken public spending to the level reached by Harold Wilson and James Callaghan in 1976 – when the country went bankrupt and needed the IMF to bail us out
- Gordon Brown’s failure (as both PM and Chancellor) to tackle the public-sector pensions time-bomb means that the estimated future costs of public-sector pensions have risen from around £360 billion in 1997 to, at the very least, £880 billion today, and some estimates believe it could reach £1.2 trillion
Fleeced! How we’ve been betrayed by the politicians, bureaucrats and bankers…and how much they’ve cost us is the very first book to bring together the total cost of government spending, the bailouts, the banking crisis and Westminster expenses scandal in one comprehensive book. The book lays bare the terrible truth about Gordon Brown’s criminal miscalculations and will add to the pressure currently being placed on the Prime Minister in the run-up to Labour Party Conference.
The authors have been charting the massive waste at the heart of government for the past three years in the Bumper Book of Government Waste, published in 2006 and updated and extended in 2007, and 2008’s Squandered; warning readers who were enjoying the credit boom of the dire potential consequences of unrestrained government spending.
Now, during the deepest recession in Britain since the Great Depression, they reveal the horrifying mistakes, jaw-dropping incompetence and widespread greed and malpractice in Whitehall and the City which will cost British taxpayers over £3 trillion – which if measured in £10 notes, would make a pile larger than the House of Commons.
Fleeced! also shows how Gordon Brown is not the first Labour Prime Minister to have bankrupted the country. In the 12 years since 1997, Gordon Brown has almost exactly copied the 12 years from 1964-76 when James Callaghan increased spending as a percentage of GDP to almost 50% forcing Britain to go to the International Monetary Fund for a bailout, granted on condition that the then Labour government would make significant reductions in public spending.
To make matters worse Government borrowing to make up for the collapse in tax revenues due to the recession will be at least £703 billion; and could escalate very quickly if the UK does not make Alistair Darling’s very optimistic return to sustained growth of over 3% by 2011.
Matthew Elliott, Founder and Chief Executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance said,
‘It would be easy to dismiss the figure of £3 trillion as being too big to contemplate or unreasonably high, but to do so would be to ignore the sheer scale of the financial disaster that twelve years of Gordon Brown’s tax-a-lot and spend-more policies have done to the British economy.
‘In the light of our analysis, £3 trillion is actually a best possible scenario and relies upon the UK making a far quicker recovery than most expect. We hope that Fleeced! finally ends the Prime Minister’s oft repeated and frankly slanderous claim that Britain’s credit crunch began in the United States. Had this Government not spent at levels far beyond our means while the economy was booming, the UK would have been in a much better condition to withstand the collapse in the US markets.
‘This is the third book I have released in three years warning of Gordon Brown’s financial incompetence, the only difference this time being that Britain is in its first recession for a decade, the government is as unpopular as swine flu and the number of those out of work is close to 3 million. I can only hope that this time the Prime Minister finally sits-up and takes notice.’