It was good to see that the BBC has finally picked up on the story that under Gordon “end of spin” Brown government ad spending went up 43% last year. The package above was shown on the Politics Show this lunchtime.
The main figure is straight from the Central Office of Information annual report, here. The image below is the key table from page 6, click to enlarge.
You can use old annual reports on the COI website to build up a history of their spending back to 1993. I published this graph in July last year when the figures came out.
As you can see Gordon Brown has eclipsed even the Blair governments’ propensity to spin. Brown’s “end of spin” claim is just another of his lies. There is clearly no John Major pre-election splurge in 1997. On the other hand you can see two Blair election peaks in 2001 and 2005 and then when Brown gets his hands on government it all goes crazy in the run up to the election that never was in autumn 2007 and on. There really is not a good reason why you couldn’t take at least £300 million out of this budget – that is what it costs to run three hospitals the size of Ealing’s.