Hello Dear Readers,
I promise this will be my only mention of politics for a very long time. As you may remember, I think they are all a bunch of *&!;%£$%!^&;* (insert word of your own choice!) and there’s not much to choose from.
Here, for what it’s worth is what I might have wanted to have said or have heard.
Don’t spend money you haven’t got and stop running up debt! Don’t make promises you can’t keep. Be honest. There was a lot of rhetoric of who needed what and who deserved what and no real way of changing the economy overnight without taxing or cutting. Anyone who’s been in debt know you can’t spend your way out of debt. You have to create ways of people starting and creating business and wealth so they can in turn pay tax, employ people and grow an economy, whether that’s in a home or as a nation. If anyone has wanted to be self employed and read up on the beaurocracy, red tape and nonsense then it would put anyone off. I didn’t hear anyone who wanted to govern less, or interfere less or allow people to earn, be creative and start businesses from the ground up so people have a change to get training, opportunities and grow as individuals.
No one had the answers.
Also, when I was in financial difficulties, and could just feed my kids, pay the bills and the mortgage, I didn’t have any money to give away. I would have liked to have ‘helped’ but I had to take care of my own. No one was prepared to make realistic decisions about what we give away and what we don’t. It will be a braver government that any we’re likely to get to make those difficult decisions.
No one really wants to get a grip on how we tax, who we tax, who we charge and who we support. It was all fluffy, vague and as insipid as a pint of mild! There was no vision and the last thing this floundering country need is any more of the blind leading the blind.
The problem, from what I could make of it is that you can have a similar version of the same sort of politics of a bunch of posh people, who think they know better telling the poor people how to live their lives when then don’t know their way round the supermarket, how to file tax returns or stick up a roll of wall paper.
No one mentioned youth unemployment or mentioned any kind of training, any kind of tax relief for employers prepared to train young people or any one wanting to retrain, any sort of incentive for anyone to get out and retrain or for a new career in a changing world where no one has a job for life. No one is prepared to launch anything along the lines of the much hated but needed at the time, YTS scheme (I knew people who did these and got well trained, two years experience and qualifications at the end and in that time they practised getting up on time every day, working five days a week and had a reference at the end of it). If someone stays in education until they are 18, then taxes pay for it, if someone goes out to train until they are 18, then the employer is expected to find the full cost of that. Where is the incentive for any employer to train anyone?
I moved from laughing at the idiocy of what was said to being infuriated at the short sighted stupidity of people whose numpty opinions just might have an impact on our lives in a few weeks time!
My only decision so far is that the kippers are more comedic than ever!
So: grow the economy and stop the red tape that inhibits entrepreneurs from getting on. Be brave about who gets what as you will have whinging what ever you decide, be brave about who gets taxed even if their company is based in the Caymen Islands, if they make money here they should pay tax here. Be brave about who and what we spend taxes on, people will whinge anyway but don’t be vague or make promises we can’t afford. Remove the red tape that stops employers taking on trainees and give real incentives to get people to train and retrain as life changes.
It’s all wishful thinking; we’ll get a bunch of monkeys who are not in touch with people who wipe bums, wash dishes or slap up plaster and we’ll get rhetoric, paper waving and people who want to shin their way up the political greasy pole.
However, if I could please ask you to make sure you’re registered to vote and that you make your mark on May 7th.
That’s the last political remark from me.
Anyone else watch it and wonder at these wallies?
Love Froogs xxxxx