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Thursday, 21 March 2013

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I think that what will keep us afloat is the fact that for rich people and their money, the alternatives to London are not that numerous.

Alas, BOE, it might (and is!) keep the West End flourishing but it doesn't do much for 'Uddersfield!

But then 'Uddersfield doesn't do much for 'Uddersfield.

The trouble is, I think the politicians do 'know what they're doing' in the lack of 'austerity measures'. Not economically but electorally.

As an example, in my area there has long been no major industry (originally steel, coal and armaments. We do still have one tyre factory but that, literally, is it). We have no major 'service industry' employers, a couple of very small manufacturers, a middling transport outfit and a few jobs in retail. The rest of the ostensibly employed 'work' for the council or the government (be that the NHS, tax, benefit, council offices, social service depts or community carers, .......).

So, in common with many areas, most of the 'employed' are the very groups which would need to be drastically cut for any reasonable expectation of a balanced budget to work.

What are the chances of any politician proposing to sack these 'voters' let alone cutting the 'incomes' of the vast majority here on benefits?

I've read proposals, mainly on American blogs, suggesting that anyone reliant (either wage or 'support') on government largese should be barred from voting (excluding emergency services and military). I feel anything less drastic is simply 'bound to fail'.

The Alexander Fraser Tyler quote springs to mind, democracy: "It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury"/

As an employee of the NHS would I vote for a drastic reduction in my income? Possibly, but only if it was a guaranteed 'system wide' reduction, and since the likelihood of that is virtually nil I fear a 'reorganisation' will need a full collapse to initiate. (At least give me a point for being honest that my 'self interest' trumps any enlightened 'selective', 'limited' cuts).

If we are to go in for sacrificial cuts, then they have to start at the top. How about a 25% cut in the pay of MPs and ministers?

To be honest, DM, I'm not at all sure exactly where 'Uddersfield is!

Interesting idea, Able, to deny the vote to government employees. It would have stopped those political crooks, Brown & Balls, from pursuing their plan to cram as many people into government employ as they could. Off subject, I see that one of your 'old lot' has just been awarded an MC - well done, that man!

BOE, an excellent suggestion but alas:

When you wish upon a star
Makes no difference who you are
Anything your heart desires
Will come to you

If your heart is in your dream
No request is too extreme
When you wish upon a star
As dreamers do

Lyrics from eLyrics.net

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