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To think we don't need austerity

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BreakingDad77 Fri 24-Jul-15 16:04:32

Seeing as we give away £93 billion to businesses

and that all those people going on about tightening belts, cutting tax credits etc etc have become sucked into the Tory PR machine.

User100 Fri 24-Jul-15 20:23:56

YANBU. A lot of economists said austerity in the last parliament was a bad idea, even more think the plans for this parliament is unnecessary and ideological.

redbinneo Fri 24-Jul-15 20:27:32

Austerity is another name for living within one's means. Most opponents are socialists who just love spending other peoples money.

User100 Fri 24-Jul-15 20:30:56

Redbinno - what do you think of the idea of counter cyclical fiscal policy?

BettyCatKitten Fri 24-Jul-15 20:37:34

Austerity is an ideology. Public money into private hands.

EastMidsMummy Fri 24-Jul-15 20:38:14

We spent billions and billions of pounds of taxpayers money bailing out the banking industry. It is surely reasonable that the poor, disabled and disadvantaged should have to pay for it.

howtorebuild Fri 24-Jul-15 20:38:26


Athenaviolet Fri 24-Jul-15 20:39:13

Austerity is ideological.

It's just a word for taking from the poor (who don't live in marginal seats and will never vote Tory) and giving to the rich (who live in marginals and will vote Tory)

Flisspaps Fri 24-Jul-15 20:39:31


Wideopenspace Fri 24-Jul-15 20:42:08

That is bollocks redbinneo


BettyCatKitten Fri 24-Jul-15 20:43:47

Yanbu op, but be prepared for an onslaught grin

GiddyOnZackHunt Fri 24-Jul-15 20:47:54

Yanbu. It is ideological and government economics is somewhat different to household economics.

griselda101 Fri 24-Jul-15 20:50:18

yanbu x infinity!

MrsTerryPratchett Fri 24-Jul-15 20:52:11

YANBU. But God help you on this thread.

redbinneo Fri 24-Jul-15 20:58:33

You think that taxpayers should fund taxtakers?

ghostyslovesheep Fri 24-Jul-15 20:58:48

YANBU it is TOTALLY ideological

ghostyslovesheep Fri 24-Jul-15 20:59:35

as a tax payer I think I should fund services and support for those worse off than myself - yes smile

Fantasyland Fri 24-Jul-15 20:59:36

YANBU Its common sense if peoples tax credits cut, jobs cut, scaremongering of Britain having no money equals people with actual less money to spend and then businesses start folding.

Half the people haven't realised it will hit them next april, an average person will lose £1100 from tax credits that is a lot of money

howtorebuild Fri 24-Jul-15 21:00:43

Who are tax payers? I would love a definition as it sure isn't just those in work paying tax. San pro anyone?

MoreBeta Fri 24-Jul-15 21:00:46

We need austerity and we need to stop paying subsidy to businesses.

Corporate welfare annoys me intensely and in general I vote Tory and am pro-business.

Fantasyland Fri 24-Jul-15 21:01:59

Wonders what page of replies before someone mentions that we need austerity or end up like Greece. If anything Greece shows austerity does not work and causes people to riot/protest and the country is on the verge of collapsing

redbinneo Fri 24-Jul-15 21:03:14

User 100:
It's an idea, but not universally supported, personally I would go for spending what we earn.

BathtimeFunkster Fri 24-Jul-15 21:04:24


Austerity is making the country poorer.

But people seem to have a massive hard of for grinding the faces of the poor into the dirt.

So we'll keep beggaring our selves for no good reason.

redbinneo Fri 24-Jul-15 21:04:55

What a great name, where does the money come from? Mr & Mrs Fantasy and the Fantasy fairy?

RagstheInvincible Fri 24-Jul-15 21:05:16

Possibly not, but the gentleman in No 11 Downing Street thinks we do and it's his call.

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