AUSTERITY REVISITED


George, (The Austerity Junkie) Osborne is striding the corridors of power, blinkers in place, smugness oozing from every pore. He is on a roll at the moment and telling everyone who is not too bored to listen that his strangulation of the economy is slowly bringing Britain out of recession. He and his Graffian follicle challenged mate, Iain Duncan Smith, have totally misjudged the finances of this country. In effect they have attempted to solve a complex mathematical equation without understanding the question.

Their answer to everything is – cut, cut, cut and cut again! A sensible person, using common sense instead of an abacus, would have stood back after the first round of cuts and taken stock. Not so these idiots, they, along with their Eton buddies and the other members of the Coalition Cabinet, pre-planned a variety of swinging cuts with no real thought to the consequences that they would make on the general public or the country as a whole.

The net result is they have left Britain virtually defenceless, we have fewer prisons but more prisoners, crime, despite the spin which proclaims otherwise, is on the up because they have demanded front-line cuts to the police force, immigration is still out of control, the NHS is in crisis and the elderly are living in fear. On top of that, people with genuine disabilities have been forced back to work including some whom, it was reported later, have terminal cancer. There are at least three reports of people dying from this dreadful disease within weeks of being told they were fit for work by ATOS.

However, it would seem that if someone works for the government, be it in the Civil Service, the NHS,the Emergency Services or any other public body the rules of austerity do not apply. It has been widely reported that senior NHS staff have been made to retire under Osborne’s austerity measures and paid vast sums of money in compensation and index-linked pensions, only to be re-hired at another NHS venue with similar salaries plus they get to retain the lump sum pay-out and still collect their pensions. Same story in the police force, here over 5000 officers have been re-employed in civilian roles. Recently 17 officers were re-employed by the West Midlands Police Force. This after the force had paid out £2.1m in pension and lump sums. Someone is quoted as calling this, “Jobgate after Plebgate”. A legal way of double dipping into the Public Purse.

Police Commissioners, Health Service CEO’s and any other senior figure, either in the government or Civil Service, all sing the same song, they explain that this practice is actually value for money and good for the country. I leave you to decide on the validity of that.                                                                                                   I cannot blame the people who have been rehired, although it would be oh so easy to do so. Given that it costs more in the long run to rehire staff, I blame the weak managers at senior level who carry out the cuts knowing that most are ill-advised. They should be standing up to Osborne and his cronies and pointing out that the savageness of the cuts does not make economic sense. Especially when they know that they will have to fill the void left by the people whom they have got rid of. It is not even good PR because of the furore it causes when the rehiring is made public.

Cameron and Osborne may be crowing at the slight improvement in the economy but, at what cost to the average person in the street? Please don’t be fooled into thinking that Miliband and his shambles of an Opposition would do things any differently. When it comes to the economy, Labour always squander the Public Purse, whilst Conservatives try to ignore the problem. Both then lie to the public about the state of the National Finances and borrow money at a grotesque rate. Don’t forget that when you borrow money you are, by definition, in debt! There is no common sense, no housekeeping, no fiscal prudence, just a short term blinkered view of how to ruin run the county.

I have no faith in Labour, Conservative or the LibDems. Not one of those Parties has ever managed to get to grips with the economy of this country. Robbing Peter to pay Paul is never a good idea but it is one that the above have grasped with both hands. It is time for a radical change in the way the country’s finances are run. This lot will never change in their approach to matters fiscal so a new Party is needed. A Party not held back by the diktats of an over-burgeoned EU behemoth or, blind to historical facts. It is time for the UK Independence Party, it is time for common sense and fairness for all. Let us hope that by 2015 the electorate has finally woken up, let us hope that the wake up call came in May 2014. Let us hope that the country really is turning purple.

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Author: philbo62

Retired businessman, always looking for inspiration and new ideas. Author of two books, writer of poetry.

3 thoughts on “AUSTERITY REVISITED”

    1. Thank you for your comment, you are spot on when you say, ‘..what passes for a Government in the UK.’ The present incumbents, along with the sycophantic Opposition, are spoon-fed by Common Purpose with the sole aim of destroying Democracy and leaving the UK open for a full EU takeover.

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