A Green Party vote can backfire so easily

Monday, 20 July 2009 07:05

Tactical voting if often talked about, especially in the wake of the MP's expenses scandal where minority parties can pick up a sizeable chunk of votes. However people should think very carefully before voting for Greens because Greens have some very nasty policies when they are applied.

If you need an example look across the Irish Sea.

The Irish prime minister (Taoiseach) Brian Cowen is heading up a government based on a coalition that includes the Greens. Mr Cowen is in trouble, Ireland's economy is in freefall, Mr Cowen has to take action to stem the borrowing, currently running at £360 million a week.

Taxes have already risen substantially, with middle earners bearing the brunt with eyewatering rises in income taxes (around 9%). Massive cuts in public services are unavoidable.

Step forward the Greens. This minority party has ideas of its own and is determined to extract its pound of flesh for remaining in the government. The particular meat they are after in this case is a whole raft of environmental taxes - put simply a massive rise in the cost of petrol and diesel, home heating oil, electricity and gas.

The message is clear, think VERY carefully before you vote for a bunch of tree huggers - when they have even a modicum of power you will feel the effect in your pay cheque and you will not like it.

 

Scrapping the FSA

Monday, 20 July 2009 06:51

An incoming Conservative government would scrap the Financial Services Authority and put more power back with the Bank of England.

Mere mortals like the people of the UK might not understand the intricacies of economics, but this sounds like a good proposal. Brown is a compulsive complicator, so it was natural to take a system run by one public institution and turn it into three. At a stroke he increased the number of highly-paid city folk and ensured that blame could be the new prize of political pass the parcel.

Change would be a good thing in this case, putting the power back with the people who know what is going on in banking and had been pulling the levers of power siliently in the background for a long time.

One thing you can be sure of, if Brown and the rest of Labour attack it and use all the vitriolic phrases that they have been saving for a political rainy day then it's a good proposal that will probably work and they wish they had thought of it.

 

What happened to House of Commons reform?

Monday, 20 July 2009 06:37

'A week is a long time in politics' so they say; in other words we have short political memories. It's a little more than a week, but how many of us remember the duck island, the publically-funded porn and the miriad of other MPs' expenses.

We were promised reform, root and branch change with a new speaker of the House of Commons.

What has actually happened?

Precisely nothing so far.

This powerless rump of a Labour government led by a failed and powerless prime minister is still thrashing about clinging to power and pushing doctrinaire socialism. So it is with the constitutional reform bill brought before parliament. Reports bring out just one thing - life peers are to be able to resign.

If that's all the press can find to talk about then the whole bill is a total waste of time. However, there is nothing new in such behaviour, Gordon Brown is a compulsive complicator. He cannot resist the temptation to fiddle and make things more difficult than necessary. If there's a way to make life more difficult and more complex, especially by increasing the power and size of government then he's guaranteed to take that option.

The best example is tax credits - a whole system of dealing out money that is administered by a government department that was designed and skilled in taking money off people. Not the logical choice.

Sweeping changes are needed, but Brown and the current government cannot deliver it. Only a change of government will give us any chance - and it will be only a chance because the incoming government will be faced with economic issues the likes of which the UK has never seen.

Let's hope that time and effort can be found for real constitutional change in amongst the sorting out of public services.

   

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