Monday, 4 March 2019

Do politicians have some idea about money?


It always surprises me when listening to politicians speak about the state of the nation, for instance the number of police lost over a ten year period, or the deplorable state of education or care issues, they always point out the money side. They want more money, not just a few pounds, no we’re talking billions. Well, yes everything has a price. However, there is never an explanation as to how it has to be paid for. From my point of view, I get a certain amount of money on a monthly basis as indeed do most working people. That I can spend or save. But I spend according to a budget. If I go over that I have to delve into savings or borrow. I think this simple rule is the same for the country. And indeed they do, as the nation goes short every month and therefore have to borrow. That figure today stands at some two trillion pounds! £ 2,000,000,000,000. Costing some £55 billion in interest payments annually. So, how then if I may ask politely, do these politicians always ask for much more money when basically they should know the position? It means they close their eyes at the reality in the belief that it will be alright on the night. Keep borrowing and spend it on their frivolously expensive projects that benefit no-one. Remember Labour’s past by squandering the income from North Sea oil on scandalously expanding the benefits system amongst others. We now have a Conservative government at least trying to address the situation. But they attack it from the wrong angle. Instead of reducing the apparatus of government, they cut services like the police and education. We really do not need separate governments in Wales and Scotland, we need better government without thinking about historical events and ideas. We need less control! In other words does the palace of Westminster mean anything other than an absolute drain on resources? It is not fit for purpose. We can have government for the regions as indeed we had and still have in the Welsh and Scottish Offices. However if we have to have separate governments, we should go the whole way and be a nation on a federal basis. So, Wales and Scotland would pay for themselves. It will mean much more tax being levied but services have to be paid for, they do not just fall out of the sky. There is no such thing as a free lunch. Except in my house when my wife buys a nice ham salad baguette. But I pay for it in other ways later. Ah, that’s life!

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