As exemplified by 'The Graun' - so no surprise there, then! And, as per my previous post, it takes The Spectator in the form of its editor writing in The Coffee House to explain the truth behind a lying liar's headline:
However, if you are a masochist of the Max Mosley Tendency and of your own volition you read further into the story you will see that it actually states: " Johnson did not directly challenge the Chancellor." So the headline is good (or bad) old-fashioned agit-prop, or, lying, as I call it.
As Fraser Nelson explains, what Boris was complaining about was the language used by the Chancellor - and the Prime Minister - in which they both seem to relish the self-inflicted lash of austerity talk. Whenever politicians constantly repeat a mantra all of one's suspicions should be aroused! In this case, of course, there is no austerity - never has been and will not be until the money markets turn on the tossers in the Treasury to teach them a lesson. The imminent loss of our AAA-rating will be the very least of our woes when real-life lashes are administered to our economy and ministers are forced to speak the truth.
For example, as a reader of this blog you are by definition shrewd and thus will understand that our Posh Boys may not be cutting the national debt, as such, but at least they are cutting our over-spending and thus reducing our deficit. Wrong! In fact, Big Wrong! One might say Mega Big Wrong!
As Nelson puts it in his article:
Can you see the cuts? Neither can the City — and it judges people like Osborne by what they do, not what they say. It also notices his habit of shunting the pain past the election with every budget.
Even I realised some time ago that Cameron and Osborne had missed their chance in the first half of this administration, when people were still bleeding from the crash of 2008 and blaming it on the Labour party, to administer the nasty medicine needed to help us to recovery. Now they are in the second half it's all too late as they stare down the barrel of a forthcoming election. What's their answer? Simple, just keep spending and borrowing and put off the pain until after the next election when who knows who will be sitting in the Chancellor's chair?
Incidentally, and apropos the photo above of that ugly, mumbling, charmless, Jock tennis player, isn't it wonderful that nature plays its part and so at least his mum loves him even if no-one else does!