Hague Slams 'Fast and Loose' Economic Policy
Tory leader Mr William Hague last night accused the Government of "playing fast and loose" with the British economy.
In a speech at Edinburgh, Mr Hague attacked Mr Tony Blair and Chancellor Mr Gordon Brown for embarking on a "reckless spending spree that looks more and more foolish as each week goes by".
And he said: "The mask of New Labour has started to slip.
"The British people are beginning to see this Prime Minister and this Government for what they are: political fraudsters more interested in their own re-election than in governing in the interests of Britain."
Mr Hague also pointed to changes within the Tory party, saying the Conservatives had "stopped lecturing people and started listening to them".
"Much of what we have done has involved looking inwards, at ourselves. After a heavy defeat, that was right. We had to put our own house in order."
He said the time had come to "go on the attack against this Government and the damage it is doing to our country".
The speech was also a further opportunity for Mr Hague to seek backing inside his party for his European policy, which he is putting to a ballot of all members. …