Liam Byrne, the former Chief Secretary to the Treasury, last week wrote a letter for his successor - the Liberal Democrat David Laws - stating: "I’m afraid to tell you there’s no money left.”I don't know what to say about that. At what point in Labour's election campaign did Liam Byrne not know that was happening? Did he, a couple of days before the election look in the computer and say "oh shit, there was loads in here yesterday, where's it all gone?".
Speaking at a press conference yesterday, Mr Laws said: "When I arrived at my desk on the very first day as Chief Secretary, I found a letter from the previous chief secretary to give me some advice, I assumed, on how I conduct myself over the months ahead.
"Unfortunately, when I opened it, it was a one-sentence letter which simply said ’Dear Chief Secretary, I’m afraid to tell you there’s no money left’, which was honest but slightly less helpful advice than I had been expecting."
The man and his party are a disgrace. They've presided over terrible economic mismanagement that means they deserve to be out of office for another generation.