Everyone likes pictures so here’s a couple
This shows British government spending (in constant £s). Can you see any ‘austerity’? No, me neither.
Here, taken from Guido Fawkes and dervived from HMRC data, we see average income tax rates across the pay scale from the last year of the Labour government (2009-10) and under the coalition this year (2012-13). The coalition is taxing the rich more and the poor less than Labour did. Not that you’d know it from the Guardian or BBC.