• Economy

    THE CONSERVATIVE PARTY ARE OUT OF TOUCH AND DO NOT UNDERSTAND OR COMMUNICATE WITH THE WORKING MAN AND WOMAN BECAUSE THEY DO NOT SPEAK THEIR LANGUAGE.
    THE LABOUR PARTY ARE IN DENIAL. THEY HELP CREATE THE PROBLEMS AND CANNOT BE TRUSTED WITH THE COUNTRY’S PURSE STRINGS. WE MUST NOT BE HELD TO RANSOM BY THE SCOTTISH NATIONALIST PARTY. Never forget Labour’s Liam Byrnes’ note ‘There is no money left’!!
    Bill Clinton, the former American President, said when asked what wins elections said “It’s the economy stupid”. Of course, he was right. Most of us worry not about every other issue but how much we have to spend when our wage/salary arrives each month. If we are in debt or comfortable with our lot we will possibly have different views on the how Government should proceed.
    As an ordinary voter how do you view the situation over the past few years?
    Are you better off? Are your bills less? Can you afford to do the things that matter to you and if you can’t should you borrow to fulfil your wishes? Everyone will have a difference answer to the questions posed depending on
    a) Their job or lack of one. b) What it has cost them to eat, heat and travel.
    c) If they want more than their skills and ultimately their salary permits.
    The Government is similar in many ways to the ordinary voter. It has to balance the books and decide which way to go in managing the budget. The country is in massive debt and it is rising every day. We are broke and with wrong decisions we could lose everything. The interest on our debt is crippling the country as it would your personal finances. The message left by Labour Minister Liam Byrne, in 2010, that ‘there is no money left’ was true and it is worse today after five years of cuts and trimming of budgets. There is more to come. What we need to know is where from?
    You need to ask yourself what would you do in the present situation if you were facing the same problems. My personal family analysis would be as follows:-
    a) I would ring fence and protect what I thought I must have
    b) I would cut back on the things I do not really need right now and end memberships of clubs that were costing me too much money. I would limit my spending and cut back on non-essentials.
    c) I would tell those close to me that they have to take their share of the pain.
    d) I would stop waste
    e) I would ask for the support from those family and friends I could trust.
    f) I would work harder and put by for a rainy day whenever I could.
    This translates in national terms, not exclusively, to the following:-
    a) I would ring fence Defence, Police and Security (It is the first responsibility of any nation to protect its citizens). Energy supply provision (we need power to live and work). The Health Service (an increasingly sick society would cripple our economy). Prioritise the Education of our children (they are the future and their skills will be our future lifeline).
    b) Membership of the club called the European Union would have to go in its’ present form. HS2 would have to be put on a back burner until we can reconsider if we can afford it. Costly visitors must be discouraged from using the nation’s facilities by requiring insurance to cover their stay.
    c) Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have to cut their cloth according to their means. I would scrap the Barnett Formula of funding for Scotland. Truthfully explain to those in need of support they must play their part and accept the country can’t always provide everything they expect. If they have to move to a smaller home, that is what those not asking for help often have to decide. They too have to budget and cut their cloth according to their means.
    d) I would cut the Overseas Aid budget, limiting it to humanitarian aid, but have a programme exclusively supporting birth control in countries with unsustainable population growth.
    Excessive food packaging would be restricted and plastic shopping bags charged at 20 pence each to protect the environment. (Even I would then make sure I took my shopping bags from the car.)
    I would require all companies trading in or from the UK, to pay UK taxes on their turnover here at the standard rate paid by all other businesses. No offset would be allowed on their overseas activities. E.g Starbucks, Ebay, property developers and land holding companies etc .etc .etc.
    My High Streets would be subjected to a new rating system whereby banks, building societies pay 100%, multinationals pay 75% and individual shopkeepers pay just 25%. This rate should also be charged on charity shops which are now not much more than national businesses with high earning executives. Small shopkeepers are being damaged by the practise of ‘new’ sales in charity shops, that is not fair.
    Free loading liberty takers on our welfare system should face fines and if holders of a second passport be deported. I object to those seeking to destroy our country living here, taking every advantage of our education system, and sponging off our state benefits. Their families would be subject to the same process born here or otherwise. (I know nationality rules would have to be amended.) so they could continue to enjoy their family life.
    e) I would be making sure all my friends in the Commonwealth of Nations were on my side (Thank you Your Majesty Queen Elizabeth for not forgetting their importance, over many years, when some politicians thought they were superfluous to our needs) and that old friends were reminded of our links e.g. America with its’ common language and history.
    f) Once I had sorted the waste and abuse of the system (including making blokes with 40 kids that have never worked visit a soup kitchen for their food each day) I would encourage everyone to work that bit harder to put this country back on its feet. ( The British worker will if they see it to be fair and in the nations interest.)
    I want the funds being sent to the EU in Brussels to stop. They have never had a set of accounts signed off due to fraud and incompetence. We are quite capable of spending our own money we don’t need Eurocrats to instruct us how.
    We need to encourage free trade with the Commonwealth, and beyond, and not be bound by restrictive practices and tariffs imposed by the EU. These tariffs serve to damage the poorer nation’s economies. We are sending Aid to with one hand and stopping them progressing with the other. Much of our money is sent to countries in the third world where it is squandered by despots. Why are we continuing to allow this situation to go on with our tax revenues while our elderly can’t heat their homes?
    So you must decide if you think I have the right idea or the status quo is preferable. Your vote!
    The Conservatives have chosen to cut back and try to limit the excesses in the welfare costs created by Gordon Brown in his perpetual habit of throwing our money around to all and sundry with no return. I believe he developed a culture of entitlement without responsibility. The schemes that allow big business to pay minimum wages, that are then topped up by the taxpayer with working tax credits, is a nonsense. We are simply funding profits for corporate shareholders. Many of these are foreign owned companies laughing all the way to the bank, their bank, with our funds.
    The Tory’s have made some efforts but they seem to make schoolboy errors in the presentation and application of their policies. What marketing personnel would have cut the top rate of tax for a few wealthy individuals allowing the Labour party to use it as a stick for a full five years? They have failed to explain that MORE tax has been collected from those people than previously was the case. What marketing group would fail to explain that the cut in housing benefit to households in the public sector was to bring them in line with those renting in the private sector? It is not a bedroom tax it is a fair adjustment that aims to treat all housing benefit claimants equally. I can see no justification for the state to have to pay the rent for someone in a four bedroom house when they only need one bedroom. No one should be living rent free in mansions in central London. London and city centre Councils must provide Prefabs for super-sized benefit families, not mansions. It is an insult to working people for this to be happening.

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