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Labour's scramble to launch £11bn spree

Publié par Clifford Armion le 03/08/2010

Andrew Grice

"Labour was accused yesterday of rushing through £11bn of spending before the general election in a "scorched earth" policy to prevent its pet projects being scrapped by an incoming Conservative government.

"Despite the looming squeeze on public spending, ministers are trying to push through several massive computer contracts before ballot day, which is widely expected on 6 May. The "break clauses" in some deals may make them very expensive to cancel, locking in the new government.

"Tory frontbenchers believe that, if they win power, they would discover "poison pills", making it harder for them to announce the immediate spending cuts they have promised. As well as contracts that are difficult to scrap, the Conservatives fear that Whitehall budgets have been drawn up to protect flagship Labour projects such as housing and children's services, so that any attempt to find small-scale savings would inflict maximum political damage."

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"Labour's scramble to launch £11bn spree", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), août 2010. Consulté le 03/08/2021. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/labour-s-scramble-to-launch-11bn-spree