I’m trying to get to grips with the election, as a voter.
It’s a very personal experiment, to see if an average voter can grasp the election priorities.
Someone once said ‘it’s the economy, stupid’. So let’s start with that.
Labour and Conservatives have the same election promise to get rid of the deficit and achieve a surplus, either within the next five years or after, and the Liberal Democrats said they will ‘deal’ with it.
My reaction as a voter
Sounds nice! We’re going to have spare money in five years time! When the UK has a surplus will we get a taxpayer’s bonus like the bailed-out banks give themselves every Christmas? Yeah! How about a public holiday to celebrate, like when Will and Kate got married?
I feel stupid to ask, but what is the deficit?