Labour’s secret database

There were a brief few days after the publication of the King’s Fund in early February – when the independent quarterly report stated clearly that Labour was “crying wolf” with “ill-founded” claims about the NHS being privatised – that we were spared the relentless drone of misinformation about the health service from Labour. With nothing left in its election armoury, we’re back to the NHS, considered by Labour to be its personal gift to Britain and which it – and only it – has the right to oversee. Same old, same old with a supremely negative poster attacking Tory plans for the NHS. No detail, of course, there never has been detail because it simply doesn’t exist. The best Miliband could do on budget day was to talk of a “secret” plan. But how can Labour know about it if it’s secret? It would be laughable if so many people were not actually being taken in by this naive and dishonest propagandising. Why stop at the NHS? Indeed, the vast proportion of Labour’s arguments in their election campaign boil down to a raft of unsubstantiated claims. “Tory cuts would amount to £70 billion in cuts”, insisted Ed Balls without any evidence. Another secret plan, presumably. Miliband’s supremely negative, scatter-gun approach to campaigning is a symptom of desperation in the face of Britain’s startlingly good economic and financial statistics. It speaks of the chaotic campaign management at Labour HQ that their only response is to disseminate unprovable rumours in the hope that some of the people can be fooled some of the time.