According to every news commentator, the United Kingdom is heavily in debt, and there have been calls for the government to rein in public spending in a bid to keep finances under control…. the question is… how?
Politicians from all three main parties are now tripping over themselves telling people when and where they intend to make cuts. Nobody at this time in the recession has made the case for increased spending. Prime Minister Gordon Brown, here in a speech to the Trades Union Congress, and a few of his Labour government ministers were forced to admit that public spending cuts were necessary. The opposition Conservatives and Liberal Democrats have both signalled that they would go further than what the government could propose, but wouldn’t tell us where.
To me, this debate over the country’s finances sounds both ridiculous and downright dishonest. First of all, this country- like any other- is not a business. One cannot conduct affairs like the way a supermarket is managed. Many of us may hate the state, but we pay our taxes towards it, and we have a duty to make sure it delivers and supports good public services. I would rather people in positions of power and influence be open and honest about what they intend to do, rather than make veiled threats which sometimes turn to nothing….
Look around you… our schools, hospitals, nurseries, railways, and more…. will all be put at risk if these demands for spending cuts gathers momentum…. because they will be some of the first services they will want to reduce.