Posts Tagged ‘UK Economy’

Cuts & Runs.

September 21, 2009 Leave a comment

There is a kind of obscene haste at the moment with politicians from all three major parties in what seems to be a new game of boasting about future cuts in public spending. The public sector has become a whipping post a target for plans for pay freezes, pension reductions and unemployment. Let us recall this recession began with the selfish, greedy bonus seekers in the banking sector who appear to be able to continue their bad habits regardless that their jobs were saved by taxpayers money. The fact we are £805 billions in debt is the sole responsibility of the UK banks. The banks must be made to pay back every penny they have gobbled up and no one should be given a penny in bonuses.

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I’ll be nation’s hate figure, says top Tory Philip Hammond: The Guardian

July 25, 2009 Leave a comment

So now we learn more about the sneaky Tory policy of brutal public service cuts.  Phillip Hammond is even now boasting about his proposed actions. This country cannot afford such an extremist Tory government;

“I’ll be nation’s hate figure, says top Tory Philip Hammond. Prepare for rapid post-election budget and deep spending cuts” – Hammond

Patrick Wintour and Nicholas Watt in THE GUARDIAN: “David Cameron may be forced to stage a rapid post-election budget to calm the markets and prevent a drop in Britain’s credit rating in the first days of a Tory government, Philip Hammond, the shadow Treasury chief secretary, warns in a Guardian interview today.

Anticipating an era of deep short-term cuts in public spending, Hammond urges voters to give the Conservatives a big majority so a new government can act boldly to cut the public debt, warning that the public finances are in such a state “the worst outcome for Britain would be an unclear political result at the election”…”

via I’ll be nation’s hate figure, says top Tory Philip Hammond | Politics | The Guardian.

Housing ‘not favouring migrants’

So now we have the evidence that exposes BNP lies in regard to the allocation of social housing. Racist bigots however are difficult to challenge even with evidence like this. The fact is that “there is no evidence that new arrivals in the UK are able to jump council housing queues.” The shame is that only recently once again Gordon Brown sought to utilize a BNP slogan to qualify his social housing policy – if only our prime minister had consulted the Equality and Human Rights Commission first. The fact is there is an insufficient supply of social housing and it is time that the Labour government promoted a building programme instead of spinning the issue – do something!

BBC NEWS: “There is no evidence that new arrivals in the UK are able to jump council housing queues, an Equality and Human Rights Commission report says.

Once they settle and are entitled to help, it adds, the same proportion live in social housing as UK-born residents.

The prime minister has said the law will change so that local people get priority for social housing in England.

EHRC chairman Trevor Phillips blamed a “failure of social housing supply” for concerns that migrants jumped queues…”more

via BBC NEWS | Politics | Housing ‘not favouring migrants’.

End public pay excess, say Tories

So the Tories now are keen supporters of envy. The politics of envy is a core value to modern Conservatism. It’s rather a puzzle though as we all know, without doubt that public sector workers are made up of people on low pay Would Bullingdon boy, George Osborne want to give up his well paid jobs in order to become a care assistant or road sweeper? Public sector pay by and large has been held down over the years. Alistair Darling’s call for a public sector pay freeze, his leap into popularism and Tory feeling’s of envy and jealousy should not be supported by Labour politicians. George Osborne should not deceive the general public; there has been no “age of excess” in public sector pay, some Tory friends in the City have made fortunes in this recession and continue to do so. I am all in favour of focussing pay increases for low paid public sector workers but perhaps senior well paid executives who probably vote Tory anyway could face a freeze.

BBC NEWS: “A Tory government would end the “age of excess” in public sector pay, shadow chancellor George Osborne has said.

He told the BBC pay should reflect economic conditions and the Conservatives would change the “culture of Whitehall” to save money.

Meanwhile, a pressure group's report suggests more than 1,000 council bosses earn six-figure salaries.

The government said this justified its plans to make councils publish the pay packages of 2,500 top earners.

A report by the Taxpayers' Alliance suggests those earning £100,000 or more rose by 27% in a year – with at least 16 people being paid more than Prime Minister Gordon Brown…”more

via BBC NEWS | Politics | End public pay excess, say Tories.

Royal Mail Remains in the Public Sector.

July 2, 2009 1 comment

The good news yesterday was that Lord Mandelson, the Business Secretary has had to back down in regard to his ridiculous privitisation plans. This is a victory for common sense and for all who campaigned against any privitisation of a vital public service.

The Royal Mail needs investment and government should assist with investment, after all plenty of billions which we are paying for were found for UK banks. If the Post Office had the same level of investment then we would have the finest postal service in the world. Lord Mandelson should now go one step further and sack Crozier and Leighton, these two clowns have ruined our Post Office; purge the management and appoint people who know the Post Office and can manage it.

In the light of the recent decision it would be a gesture of good faith if the CWU were to call off planned strikes, whilst such strikes have justification they annoy business and the general public. Lord Mandelson should act to ensure that Post Office management guarantee they consult and negotiate with the CWU on all future developments and modernisation.

Gordon Brown: I could walk away from this tomorrow:Politics:The Guardian

June 20, 2009 Leave a comment

Katharine Viner in THE GUARDIAN: “Gordon Brown has admitted that he has been “hurt” by the personal attacks on him during the failed attempt to oust him this month, and said that he might move to teaching after he leaves office.

Speaking to the Guardian in his first interview since the attempted coup by Labour backbenchers, the prime minister made an unprecedentedly frank series of observations on his time in office, reflecting that the recent weeks have been the worst of his political life.

“To be honest, you could walk away from all of this tomorrow,” he said. “I’m not interested in what accompanies being in power. I wouldn’t worry if I never returned to all those places – Downing Street, Chequers … And it would probably be good for my children.”

In an apparent acknowledgement of criticism of a lack of vision at the heart of government, the prime minister said he had found it hard to focus on strategic planning “as you have to deal with immediate events, like if a bank’s going to go under”...more

via Gordon Brown: I could walk away from this tomorrow. Politics. The Guardian .

Fashion at Royal Ascot

June 18, 2009 Leave a comment

Link to BBC TV News clip: Fashion at Royal Ascot rather reassuring to see that those still have wealth are managing to overcome the recession:

BBC NEWS: “It is hoped the publication of a light hearted guide on racecourse etiquette may help to discourage the most extreme fashion decisions at Royal Ascot.

The BBC has caught a glimpse of the hats and fashion at this year’s Royal Ascot.

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