PM’s Two Lies in Two Days

Why does he do it? Why does Gordon Brown feel the need to constantly make things up? And worse, why does he tell flagrant lies?

At yesterday’s Prime Minister’s Questions, Gordon Brown said: “expenditure of the Ministry of Defence has been rising in real terms under this government.” It is a statement he repeated today on the armed services’ radio. But it is simply untrue.

Since Labour came to power in 1997, the defence budget fell year-on-year in real terms four times, in 1998, 1999, 2002 and 2007. Channel 4’s Factcheck team blogged on this yesterday. Yet Gordon Brown repeated this untrue statement today.

The Prime Minister has also told another untruth in an interview with the BBC’s Nick Robinson. Here’s what he said:

“In a situation where growth is uncertain… you cannot afford to withdraw this stimulus and therefore return yourself to a position where you’re not able to say you’re fighting for growth…”

“Withdraw the stimulus now, withdraw it completely as the Conservatives would do, and then you would find yourself in a position not to be able to secure growth for the future.”

Yet, as the BBC’s Stephanie Flanders says, the fiscal stimulus introduced by the Government will end completely in just a few weeks. As Stephanie says, “to all intents and purposes, it is an ex-stimulus. It has ceased to be.”

Two lies in two days. Looks like he’s setting the pace ready for the election campaign.