David Cameron's Tory party conference speech is unraveling fast - with many false facts and unfair accusations, like his unfounded attack on Ed Balls.
Following our line-by-line fisking of the prime minister’s speech yesterday, more of David Cameron’s claims have come under scrutiny – with last night’s Newsnight exposing the hollowness of his attack on Ed Balls over “winners” and “aspiration”.
Mr Cameron said of Mr Balls:
“…he said one of the dangers of our schools policy was that it would create winners. Winners! I mean we can’t possibly have winners. I mean the danger that your child might go to a school and turn out to be a winner. Anti-aspiration, anti-success, anti-parents who just want the best for their children…”
Yet, as Michael Crick revealed, the former schools secretary had actually said:
“The danger is that there will be winners in this policy, but it is dishonest not to say that there will be losers as well.“
Additionally, Channel 4 News’s Cathy Newman has fact-checked Mr Cameron’s speech, finding fault with his statements on academies, university places, the NHS, parallels with Greece and crime – the latter particularly egregious since, as Left Foot Forward has repeatedly reported, crime actually fell 43 per cent during Labour’s time in power.Like this article? Sign up to Left Foot Forward's weekday email for the latest progressive news and comment - and support campaigning journalism by making a donation today.