About the Tories that is. During the Labour party conference we heard that the public sector was safe in the hands of the Labour party but that the Tories would make huge cuts. Unfortunately that is not so and the latest Tory proposals merely increase government spending more slowly than they would have. George Osborne proposed a pay freeze on those public sector workers earning more than £18k a year.
If the Tories were a valid opposition party instead of a set of new faces there would be no need for any pay freezes. At a minimum huge chunks of the public sector would just be abolished thus enabling the ex-employees to get real jobs where they can receive what they are worth in a true and honest fashion through voluntary exchange with customers just like the rest of us. Doctors and nurses would still have value in the private sector, perhaps more than they do now. Teachers would have at least some skills that many parents would still be willing to exchange for. Police would still be needed to catch people who injure persons or property. Many other government employees might have to retrain to learn skills that are actually wanted by those who would pay for them.
The full value of such a move would be enormous beyond the imagination of many. Those ex tax eaters would instead be productive members of society, producing wealth instead of stealing from the rest of us.
Might it be that the picture being painted of the Tories as being radically different from the Labour party is merely to encourage us to vote for the Tories who will in fact turn out to be so close as to make no real deviation from the road to complete authoritarianism?