Every Tory Has a Moral; (SADLY, THEY COULDN'T CARE LESS ABOUT STICKING TO THEM); ANALYSIS ON MAJOR'S LATEST `BIG IDEA'

By Bradshaw, David; Morris, Nigel | The Mirror (London, England), September 19, 1996 | Go to article overview

Every Tory Has a Moral; (SADLY, THEY COULDN'T CARE LESS ABOUT STICKING TO THEM); ANALYSIS ON MAJOR'S LATEST `BIG IDEA'


Bradshaw, David, Morris, Nigel, The Mirror (London, England)


Tony Blair last night scorned John Major's brazen bid to seize the moral high ground for the Tories.

He branded "extraordinary" the Premier's claim that slashing public spending was a "moral" duty. And he said Labour's moral crusade would be to correct the Tory failures on education, jobs and homelessness.

Mr Major's surprise decision to chose morality again as an election battleground delighted his opponents.

The move comes three years after his Back To Basics crusade was swamped by Tory sex and cash scandals. His decision to try again reveals Labour's success in spotlighting Tory hypocrisy and sleaze.

Mr Major has been panicked by Labour campaigns over poverty pay, boardroom greed, and the gulf between rich and poor. Last night he tried to fight back by launching the Tories on another moral crusade.

In a speech in London he said: "Moral is a word I usually prefer to leave to the church but it is apt for what I intend to say."

Mr Major declared there was a moral obligation on the Government to cut public spending. And ignoring his own record on bringing in the biggest peacetime tax rises in history, he claimed cutting taxes was also a "moral" duty.

He slammed Labour's plans to end low pay and improve conditions at work. …

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