Tories at sea, says Mandy

LORD Mandelson yesterday said a Tory government would “strangle the recovery at birth” as the opposition accused Labour of being in “chaos” over its policy on spending cuts.

He also accused David Cameron of “bobbing around like a cork in water”, after the Tories softened their stance on spending cuts over the weekend.

“What we are witnessing from the Tories is either a dishonest rhetorical gloss to hide their true intentions or a remarkable intellectual collapse. Either way, it does not inspire confidence in this Laurel and Hardy duo,” Mandelson added.

The Tories responded with a dossier entitled “Labour Chaos on Cuts”. It said that while the Treasury was admitting the need for “extremely painful cuts”, Gordon Brown was talking about “increasing spending”.