The coming election
I can see that you are thinking of the current elections, whilst I don’t wish to influence the readers one way or another. I shall give you some of my thoughts.
Democracy is a delicate thing, it is not perfect, but it is much better then most alternatives. There have been so called democracies were people have voted for a party only to find that the party, once elected will not tolerate any opposition. This as been the system in a lot of African countries, hence the term “One man, One vote, Once,” some of these elected democratic governments have been in power for decades.
Nigeria as just had elections, and has changed parties. Hopefully there shall be smooth transition of administration.
If they can just remove most of the corruption in the civil service, Nigeria could be an example to others.
To come back to our own elections, our MP’s are not squeaky clean, but on the whole are a pretty honest bunch and at least except the rules of Parliamentary Democracy. Also we have, though some people disagree, an honest and efficient civil service and local government. Who apply rules fairly to all and keep out of party politics, leaving politics for the politicians.
Whilst some people moan about the major parties, “Labour, or Conservative; what’s the difference? Different sides of the same coin.” “Or at the end of the day, they both aim for the centre ground and have similar policies.” Then again MP’s are British, and as such have British values of compromise and don’t like extremes.
But what is the alternative to Parliamentary Democracy? A Dictatorship? Absolute Monarchy? A one Party State? Or do we go for anarchy as we are seeing taking place in the Middle East?
Before I take my leave, one common theme on both main parties, [one or the other will be in office in May] is “we must achieve a balanced budget before the end of the next Parliament”. Or to state the obvious, we must only spend what we raise in taxation and that there shall be no current deficit.
Three things to ponder, 1] The Government has no money of its own, only tax payers money [Your money] 2] A current deficit means, “this years income is less then what we spend”. 3] The national debt, “simply the running total of current deficits”.
Fact 1; Until we achieve a balanced budget, we cannot start to reduce the national debt.
Fact 2; The cost of servicing [% payments] is about what the state spends on National Defence.
Fact 3; % rates are at an historic low, historically % rates were about 3-5%. Not 0.5%.
Fact 4; What will be the effect on UK Plc [and you] if % rates have to be increased.
Fact 5; The borrower is the slave of the lender.
How do you achieve a balanced budget? Only one answer a] cut spending to below what UK Plc’s income is. Or b] Increase taxation to cover UK Plc’s spending.
The question to ask yourself ; do I want the government to spend more, or less of my money? Or do I want the government to take more, or less of my money?