Government spending on advertising has rocketed in each year before the last two general elections. And what has the National Audit Office done to ensure it doesn't happen again this time? Sweet bugger all. In 2008-9 Labour spent £232 million telling us how wonderful they are, up from £167 million the previous year. Before the 2001 election spending went up from £113m to £191m and the figures before 2005 were £189m and £203m.
They have to use taxpayer's money to do this because their management of their own finances has been so catastrophic that they haven't got any left to spend on posters. And we're the mugs who pick up the bill.