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December 15, 2014 2 Comments By Patrick Worrall

The claim

factfiction108 FactCheck: the truth deficit“Ed Miliband would never clear the overall headline budget deficit. He would run a budget deficit permanently, adding to debt indefinitely, every year, forever.”
David Cameron, 15 December 2014

The background

David Cameron has said voters face a clear choice between “competence and chaos” as they weigh up Labour and Tory plans to deal with the deficit.

The prime minister said Ed Miliband’s looser spending commitments could add £500bn to the national debt in the long term, which would mean taking “a massive gamble with our future”.

Scaremongering, or a fair assessment of the economic battle-lines?

15 miliband cameron fc r FactCheck: the truth deficit

The analysis

There’s no dispute that Labour’s targets on reducing the deficit and cutting national debt are looser than Conservative plans.

The Conservative chancellor, George Osborne, wants to eliminate the deficit by 2018 and run a surplus of £23bn by 2020. (more…)

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December 11, 2014 2 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Ed Balls says voters have a “big choice” between rival economic strategies. But how much clear blue water really lies between the parties’ plans?

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December 10, 2014 10 Comments By Patrick Worrall

More than one in 10 women takes antidepressants and prescriptions have doubled in a decade. Are we drowning in despair or just overusing drugs?

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December 4, 2014 3 Comments By Fariha Karim

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December 3, 2014 2 Comments By Patrick Worrall

The facts and figures came thick and fast as the chancellor defended the government’s stewardship of the economy today. Did he pass the FactCheck test?

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December 2, 2014 4 Comments By Patrick Worrall

The government is taking credit for spending on flood defences that was set out by the previous Labour government. And its claim ignores the effects of inflation over the past five years.

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December 1, 2014 9 Comments By Patrick Worrall

You say Mohammed, I say Muhammad. Why Britain’s most popular baby name does not mean Islam is taking over.

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November 27, 2014 11 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Anti-police protests continue across America after the Michael Brown killing. But does the black community have tough questions to answer too?

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November 25, 2014 32 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Ferguson was ablaze last night after it emerged that a policeman who shot dead a black teenager will not be charged. Is Michael Brown’s killing an isolated case?

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November 21, 2014 2 Comments By Patrick Worrall

If Ukip can win in Rochester, they can win anywhere, according to Nigel Farage. Could the rest of England turn purple next year?

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