Some key quotations from an article by Jeff Randall in yesterday's Telegraph:
The great misleader: ""Misleading people". That was the accusation levelled by Gordon Brown at the leader of Her Majesty's Opposition. This was akin to Paul Daniels complaining that his rivals use sleight-of-hand to fool the audience. When it comes to misleading, Brown is the boss. He is Marvo the Misleader, the Daddy of Dissemblance. Where others employ fake magic, Gordon's trickery is real: successes appear from nowhere; failures vanish. If misleading were ever to become an Olympic sport, Brown would win more gold medals than Mark Spitz."
Always misleading: "Whether it's on crime, education, taxation, truancy, health, child poverty, public finances, economic growth rates, domestic elections, the European treaty (aka constitution) or the most obscene distortion of all, weapons of mass destruction, almost nothing we are told seems to bear scrutiny. When examined closely, time and again, there are omissions and distortions, fudge and mudge."
Misled about immigration: "We were told by Labour - dishonestly - that 13,000 immigrants would arrive here from the EU's new Eastern European members. At least half a million have turned up and more are on their way. Instead of admitting the problem and dealing with it, the Government tries to dress it up as a brilliant manoeuvre to solve our pensions crisis and make us richer. A recent study claims that immigrants contributed £6 billion to the economy last year. That may be correct, but it does not mean that we're all better off. It's not the size of the national pie, but the slice that each of us gets that matters. Immigrants don't just help pay for the pie, they also eat it."
Does Brown think we're stupid?: "Brown has a reputation for being formidably clever. Perhaps this is why he treats the rest of us as if we were graphically stupid. How else can we explain his expectation that the public will keep swallowing fiction as fact? His final act as chancellor was to boast of a tax-cutting budget. Except it wasn't. City economists quickly worked out that the tax bill had risen. Crime, we are told by the Home Office, is going down. Maybe. But violent crime, according to the Centre for Crime and Justice, has been going up."