i have not really got a clue about economics but i do wonder whether any party could address our current economic problems given they seem to be down to the operation of the worldwide financial markets and the effects of problems in the US. is there much a UK government could do?
Fuck the working poor and poor, get all the sheep to accept their archaic belief that that's what the poor and working poor deserve for being lazy and fuck everything up by privitising essential services anymore.
If you want to see how it will all wind up, go for an exteneded visit to America and see what 8 years with a totally Conservative government has done.
Ooh, and I wasn't suggesting I thought they could 'cure' the economy, as so many of current problems (although not all, economic policy has definitely played a role) are due to global problems.
Expat was not suggesting I thought they would be an improvement, was just interested in what they said they could do, as they are so critical of labour for 'getting us into this mess' (my words, their sentiment)
Part of the reason we're in such a mess at the moment is because Labour has been borrowing huge amounts when they really should have been trying to save for the rainy day that we're now experiencing. Traditionally in times of recession governments have tried to lower taxes to boost the economy but that option is not open because we are in such debt that there is no room for tax cuts
And it seems to me that as a country we have very little to show for all the money they've been spending.
I like him and I do hope he gets in. He seems to have traditional values and believes in families so hopefully that will come through in his policies. Labour very much weighs things in favour of single parent families.
I also think he will cut benefits so that people support themselves rather than relying on the state, he's mentioned this a few times so its obviously high on his agenda.
Money raised from raised from income tax is mainly spent on benefits, would be nice to see our schools, health service and more childrens activities and clubs benefit instead.
The reality is that whichever political party is in power, they'll have limited room for manouevre.
Demand for the health service is greater than income, so unless healthcare is rationed or taxes go up or it's semi-privatised it'll never meet everyone's expectations..of course no politician seeking power will be realistic about that.
Ditto the economy - the global picture is affecting everything and when America sneezes, Britain catches a cold.
And it's impossible to get a balance between being sufficiently green to help the planet and keeping big businesses happy and allow them enough growth.
It's easy to be taken in by promises, but those of us who remember the last Conservative government and saw thousands thrown onto the dole queue aren't likely to be taken in I'd think.