Trouble is no government has tried to reign in public spending in decades, and now we have a huge 'client' state of public employees, and benefit claimants who all expect to be paid. But the private sector, who are expected to cough up for all this, is dwindling and tax receipts are going down. It's time that wealth creation, business and job creation (real jobs) was encouraged and rewarded.
Exactly - if you look at what our national budget is actually spent on, by far the biggest slice of the pie is benefits/pensions. Not to mention the mushrooming number of meaningless public sector jobs (anyone want to work in Brighton as a teenage pregnancy reintegration officer?*) It worries me that somewhere down the line we're going to end up like Greece, going cap in hand to the IMF.
Didn't Maggie sell off the family silver when she privatised our major industries? We can't have it both ways - lower taxation and higher public spending. It's a difficult balancing act. Maggie reduced the higher rate of income tax from 83% (which OK was a bit ridiculous - but those with that kind of income paid accountants to get them out of it!) to what? 40%? But you know it's always been the case that higher paid workers paid less, and the middle and working classes paid more. Trouble with New Labour is that in a lot of ways they were more right wing than Maggie (and that's saying something!) Tony Blair should have been called TORY Blair! They kept taxes artificially low while sneaking in indirect taxation which hit the consumer more. This type of tax is insiduous, it treats everyone the same, no matter your income, so it actually cost the lower paid workers a lot more proportionately than the rich. Good socialist policies eh? If Britain is in trouble, why have they not shut the doors to the so-called asylum seekers who get housed, fed, educated and coddled until a decision is taken either way on whether or not asylum should be granted? These people crossed God knows how many countries in Europe to get to our shores. Was there no free assistance in the other countries? Probably not. But hey if their lives were in danger, that wouldn't have mattered.