Using No2AV’s cant on public spending to campaign against cuts

We thought it was time to turn the tables on the Tories by using the No2AV posters they funded to campaign against the Coalition’s cuts.

Tim Horton is the research director of the Fabian Society

After yesterday’s failed Rally Against Debt – attracting around 500 attendees, despite the benefit of a Times opinion column and coverage across the newspapers – we thought it was time to turn the tables on the Tories by using the No2AV posters they funded to campaign against the Coalition’s cuts.


These posters, you may recall, courted controversy during the referendum campaign with a claim that the Alternative Vote system would cost £250 million alongside a picture of a baby, arguing the money would be better spent on maternity units. Another poster carried the picture of a soldier, arguing for more spending on bulletproof vests.

It was ironic to see a campaign funded by Conservative backers and run by the chief executive of the right-wing TaxPayers’ Alliance – who organised yesterday’s rally – championing public spending. It must have been a refreshing change for them to be able to harness people’s love of public services, rather than trying to do them down all the time. But, in the process, the No campaign have given us a great way to campaign against the cuts.

Thanks to Clifford Singer of The Other Taxpayer’s Alliance, the creative force behind the MyDavidCameron.com phenomenon, we have transformed these iconic images into arguments against the coalition’s programme. And, now the referendum is over, we’ll keep using these posters to remind the Tories of popular support for our services.

Soldier-poster
In the meantime, I’ll be writing to the TaxPayers’ Alliance to ask if they’ll join with the Fabian Society to call for higher spending on maternity units and soldiers’ equipment, rather than their current focus on even deeper cuts to corporation tax.

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107 Responses to “Using No2AV’s cant on public spending to campaign against cuts”

  1. Circulator38

    Using No2AV's cant on public spending to campaign against cuts: In the meantime, I'll be… http://goo.gl/fb/Q4G49

  2. Elizabeth A

    RT @OtherTPA: Nice: She needs a maternity unit NOT a costly NHS reorganisation, by @TimJHorton via @leftfootfwd http://bit.ly/m20KkH

  3. Dave Citizen

    Quite right to remind us of the choices made. I think a similar approach should be used in terms of the choices not made also:

    Reduce child poverty or drop the £2m Mansion Tax

    Tackle delapidated schools or please the lobby on reducing 50p tax rate.

    I also think Cameron should not be let off. The NHS debacle is at least as much his as it is Lansley’s. Dave “browbeater” Cameron is hardly one to be pushed out of the line by a fourth grader.

  4. Mark Holdstock

    Brilliant re-use of appalling No to AV posters http://bit.ly/jD9Uxc

  5. Tim Horton

    Gr8 piece by Tim! RT LFF: Using #No2AV's cant on public spending to campaign against cuts: http://t.co/sybapwv by @TheFabians' @TimJHorton

  6. La Morkina

    RT @leftfootfwd: Using #No2AV's cant on public spending to campaign against #cuts http://bit.ly/kElOBL #cameron #condems #nhs

  7. j farrington-douglas

    RT “@wdjstraw: "She needs a maternity unit NOT a costly NHS reorganisation". http://t.co/Lu9cDwD”

  8. George McLean

    A genuine policy quesion:

    As alternatives to the present fiscal policies are considered, land value tax is becoming more important. Are the Fabians supportive and, if yes, what is the way forward? If not supportive, why not?

  9. False Economy

    RT @timjhorton Turning the tables: how those No2AV posters can make the case against the cuts http://t.co/l9Avzmb

  10. Simon Barrow

    RT @FalseEcon: RT @timjhorton Turning the tables: how those No2AV posters can make the case against the cuts http://t.co/l9Avzmb

  11. C&W Labour

    RT @FalseEcon: RT @timjhorton Turning the tables: how those No2AV posters can make the case against the cuts http://t.co/l9Avzmb

  12. Michael Marten

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  13. Tracy Grant

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  14. Extradition Game

    RT @leftfootfwd: Using #No2AV's cant on public spending to campaign against cuts: http://t.co/sybapwv by @TheFabians' @TimJHorton

  15. Mel from Leeds

    RT @FalseEcon: RT @timjhorton Turning the tables: how those No2AV posters can make the case against the cuts http://t.co/l9Avzmb

  16. Bob Lloyd

    New spoof posters from the genius of @OtherTPA …He needs bulletproof vests, not another corporation tax cut http://bit.ly/mTzU0l

  17. mr. Sensible

    whilst I voted no myself, I do think that campaign was just a little opportunistic…

  18. Sam Jole

    RT @FalseEcon: RT @timjhorton Turning the tables: how those No2AV posters can make the case against the cuts http://t.co/l9Avzmb

  19. Trafford Green Party

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  20. Tim Horton

    RT @FalseEcon: RT @timjhorton Turning the tables: how those No2AV posters can make the case against the cuts http://t.co/l9Avzmb

  21. Trafford Green Party

    RT @leftfootfwd: Using No2AV's cant on public spending to campaign against cuts http://bit.ly/kElOBL

  22. Duncan Weldon

    RT @FalseEcon: RT @timjhorton Turning the tables: how those No2AV posters can make the case against the cuts http://t.co/l9Avzmb

  23. Chris Huang-Leaver

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  24. dolly daydream

    RT @FalseEcon: RT @timjhorton Turning the tables: how those No2AV posters can make the case against the cuts http://t.co/l9Avzmb

  25. DrKMJ

    RT @leftfootfwd: Using #No2AV's cant on public spending to campaign against cuts: http://t.co/sybapwv by @TheFabians' @TimJHorton

  26. Tim Horton

    Hi George – the Fabians don’t have an organisational view on policies, but over the last decade we have published some important advocacy for land value taxation. Perhaps the most extensive discussion of this was in our Commission on Taxation and Citizenship (2001). Copies available from the Fabian bookshop: bookshop@fabian-society.org.uk

  27. blogs of the world

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  28. Nick H.

    RT @FalseEcon: RT @timjhorton Turning the tables: how those No2AV posters can make the case against the cuts http://t.co/l9Avzmb

  29. Barbara

    RT @timjhorton Turning the tables: how those No2AV posters can make the case against the cuts http://t.co/l9Avzmb

  30. Tim Horton

    "He needs bulletproof vests NOT another corporation tax cut" http://bit.ly/m20KkH New spoof posters by @timjhorton and @OtherTPA

  31. Sunder Katwala

    "He needs bulletproof vests NOT another corporation tax cut" http://bit.ly/m20KkH New spoof posters by @timjhorton and @OtherTPA

  32. Matt Bradley

    "He needs bulletproof vests NOT another corporation tax cut" http://bit.ly/m20KkH New spoof posters by @timjhorton and @OtherTPA

  33. Ian Clark

    Using No2AV’s cant on public spending to campaign against cuts
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  34. Ramzy

    RT @artificial_ape Fully approve of reappropriating no2AV's effective campaign efforts: http://bit.ly/ivAwJ4

  35. Katrina Gilman

    RT @FalseEcon: RT @timjhorton Turning the tables: how those No2AV posters can make the case against the cuts http://t.co/l9Avzmb

  36. lesa

    "He needs bulletproof vests NOT another corporation tax cut" http://bit.ly/m20KkH New spoof posters by @timjhorton and @OtherTPA

  37. MustBeRead

    At @LeftFootFwd, @TimJHorton turns a #No2AV poster into a Labour anti-cuts poster http://j.mp/mTzU0l

  38. Alex Price

    RT @leftfootfwd: Using No2AV's cant on public spending to campaign against cuts http://bit.ly/kElOBL

  39. stephen marsh

    "He needs bulletproof vests NOT another corporation tax cut" http://bit.ly/m20KkH New spoof posters by @timjhorton and @OtherTPA

  40. Tim Horton

    RT @OtherTPA: Nice: She needs a maternity unit NOT a costly NHS reorganisation, by @TimJHorton via @leftfootfwd http://bit.ly/m20KkH

  41. Man in a Shed

    Of course the left could oppose debt also by being honest about tax – rather than just using deferred taxation on our children to try to win elections. Still I guess your too selfish to do that.

    You poster should have you children’s futures being stolen by Gordon Brown’s desperate attempts to hold onto his job. Perhaps you could add those people killed by the NHS since Labour just couldn’t be bothered to stand up to its paymaster Unions and reform the NHS so its more effective ?

    Massive debt is immoral, and so it would seem are those whoa argue for it.

  42. john

    These are just as stupid and as nonsense as the originals – Part of me wants to say that two wrongs don’t make a right.
    But you can’t deny they didn’t really have it coming!

  43. Tim Horton

    RT @MustBeRead: At @LeftFootFwd, @TimJHorton turns a #No2AV poster into a Labour anti-cuts poster http://j.mp/mTzU0l

  44. Anon E Mouse

    I think this second poster illustrates just how out of touch Labour really are.

    Forget Gene Hunt firing up the Quattro which made Cameron look great.

    Forget Flashman which gives him character and makes him look great (Alan Johnson’s wrong with that one).

    This will serve only to remind people:

    1. The war in Iraq and the lies from Alistair Cambell over the dodgy dossier.
    2. The fact the Tories are bringing in the military covenant not Labour.
    3. The disgraceful way the Gurkhas were treated by the Labour government.
    4. The underfunding of our troops re. helicopters and Gordon Brown.

    To remind the public how badly Labour let down our forces with this poster shows a gulf between Labour and ordinary people in this country that is breathtaking. Who comes up with these ideas?

    Stupid. Stupid. Stupid…

  45. Paula Walker

    These are a brilliant idea. RT @leftfootfwd: Using No2AV's cant on public spending to campaign against cuts http://bit.ly/kElOBL

  46. William French

    RT @MustBeRead: At @LeftFootFwd, @TimJHorton turns a #No2AV poster into a Labour anti-cuts poster http://j.mp/mTzU0l

  47. Ed's Talking Balls

    Lower rates of corporation tax to help businesses grow, you say?

    You’ve convinced me: I’m voting Yes2Osborne’sCuts.

  48. Tim Horton

    I am detecting some disgruntled right-wing comments from people who don’t seem to want to accept there is a trade off between cutting corporation tax and maintaining military spending.

    Well there is. Deal with it.

    When David Cameron argues that “we don’t have the money”, what he means is he’d rather spend the money on tax cuts for big business, even if the RAF are making qualified pilots redundant. What a shame the Tories’ ideological desire to shrink the state outweighs their commitment to the armed forces.

    More interesting would be to hear which one of these is a higher priority for Conservative supporters. The Tory-led Government have prioritised tax cuts, but I’d be really interested to hear if this corresponds to the priorities of Tory members / voters. My guess is that far less than half of Tory members are Thatcherite, and that most are socially Conservative & would probably prioritise military spending over tax cuts.

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