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The Budget [Jun. 22nd, 2010|08:21 pm]
Tony Grist

I want to wash some dishes so I turn the boiler on, when I've finished I turn it off again- otherwise- in its half ruined state it would quickly go into spasm. This is good preparation for the winter of austerity that the chancellor's budget is laying out before us.  Hot water and heating are going to be luxuries;  best get used to it now.

Normally I would be raging at the display of grim looking young faces on the government front bench (afraid to crack a smile for fear of what the media would do with it)  but  right now I haven't the heart. I understand that the economy is thoroughly buggered and they- the grim young things- are doing what they can to put it right. Maybe they're going about it the wrong way- I'm too ignorant of economics to even venture an opinion- but as things are I'm willing to suspend all political passion and give them the benefit of the doubt. Harriet Harman roared at them- and it's her job- but I really didn't want to hear what she had to say.  The Lib-Con coalition is next door to being a government of national unity- which is what the country seems to have voted for- and the noisy point-scoring of politics-as-usual hits the wrong note.  It feels trivialising, self-indulgent.  In another six months- when we know whether the chancellor's measures are working or not- we can shout at one another again- but for the time being- contemplating the fucking awful mess we've got ourselves into- lets keep it quiet and decent -and save our breath to cool our porridge (because we aren't going to be able to afford to use the fans).

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[User Picture]From: ingenious76
2010-06-22 08:35 pm (UTC)
Agreed.

Labout need to re-think their own strategy - they were the ones who overspent. This Government are trying to clear up the mess, and they can't resort to "you can pay, and you don't." Otherwise, it would fuel societal rifts and end in escalating problems. There is no easy solution.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-06-22 08:43 pm (UTC)
Labour has almost zero credibility at present. It needs to go lie down in a darkened room and have a long hard think.
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[User Picture]From: ingenious76
2010-06-22 08:50 pm (UTC)
Definitely. The amount of money it wasted over the last 13 years is enough to make me cry.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-06-22 09:13 pm (UTC)
Me too.

And to think how happy we were to see the back of John Major and the advent of Tony Blair.....
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[User Picture]From: ingenious76
2010-06-23 05:29 am (UTC)
Yep. Until they started trying to control everything, and emptying the treasury to do it.

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[User Picture]From: veronica_milvus
2010-06-22 09:15 pm (UTC)
"Hot water and heating are going to be luxuries"? oh come on! I think you will be better off, as the personal tax allowance is going up. Of course, it depends how much you spend on VAT-rated items.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-06-22 09:25 pm (UTC)
We're on disability allowance- which is being frozen- plus income support. Money is tight and will be tighter. We already ration our heating.

I'm not complaining. I enjoy the challenge of making a very little go a long way. :)
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[User Picture]From: veronica_milvus
2010-06-23 04:14 pm (UTC)
You could do a little work from home maybe - proofwriting, or something else you could do on line?
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