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Mrs. Monk's Would-be Diary should have been written by Mrs. Monk, since she is the "Writer" in the family.
However, since she is a writer only in the conceptual sense, I have undertaken to fill these pages on her behalf
If not by her, these pages will certainly be about her, and other important matters of the day         Leslie Monk




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Osborne's Recession

by  Monkles 3 AUGUST 2014




Dear Esther

Dear Leslie

You Tory girls are all so naughty. I draw a veil over what I found when I googled your name.

In America conservatives like you, who I would loosely call the Tea party, now refer to the recession as Obama's recession and Obama was not even President when the American banking system went toxic world wide.

So, Esther, when you use the phrase “Labour's recession” three times, that does mean I have to yawn three times.

This makes me sleepy.

Whatever caused the recession, if there were any doubt, it is Osborne's chosen course of action over the last four years that makes it Osborne's recession”. It was Osborne who decided who would pay for Osborne's recession” and he who made sure it was not the Filthy Rich or the bankers that paid for it.

Osborne decided that that public services should be cut, and it was his priority and your priority that were most contentious to all but Tories. Yes, the "capping of benefits" to which you refer knowingly;  the irresistible populist measure that punishes benefit abusers, and in their wake traumatises a majority of claimants that would otherwise have received benefits.

Plenty of benefit abusers have been gaoled but no bankers in Osborne's recession” faced gaol, and the most culpable bankers were in fact rewarded with obscene sums of public money.

So here we are out of recession. Makes you proud to be Labour with our integrity intact.

And for pity's sake Esther, please wear a vest.

For pity's sake Esther, please wear a vest.

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This is important: I need you to add your name to show you're backing our long-term economic plan.

Labour's recession - the longest and deepest since the war - hit businesses and families hard. Our economy shrank, costing jobs and taking away people's livelihoods.

But thanks to a realistic assessment of the challenges we faced and your hard work, Britain is starting to get back on its feet.

Our economy is now larger than it was before Labour's recession - a major milestone in our long-term economic plan. But there's still much more to do.

That's why I'm asking you to get behind our plan today.

We're backing the businesses hit by Labour's recession. We've cut the jobs tax - with 725,000 businesses already benefitting, and able to create more jobs.

Supporting businesses means there are now 1.8 million more people in work, with the security of a pay packet to provide for them and their families.

We're making sure our economy delivers for those who want to work hard and play by the rules - capping benefits, reducing immigration and cutting income tax for over 25 million people.

We're going in the right direction, but we need to keep going and finish the job. That's why I'm asking you to back our plan today.

If we keep going, if we dig deep and all play our part, we can carry on building a stronger, healthier economy and secure a better future for Britain.


Esther McVey
Minister of State for Employment