The Guardian has the story on its web site – see link above
Well this is a sobering article indeed but frankly it’s not so far away from what I have been thinking.
No Government can survive for ever a sustained attack on the living standards of its people and that’s what the Tories are creating and indeed deepening.
Brexit, especially a Hard Brexit would be a hugely challenging agenda if we were at the top of a the economic cycle, with low debt (personal and public/national), good public services and wages at a decent level. Trouble is we have have none of these advantages so Brexit, with its huge costs to the public purse and our personal finances, should not even be being contemplated by all but the seriously deluded for a very long time indeed – or never in my book.
Why you can see Downing Street saying ‘we must deliver Brexit come what may; its the will of the people’. Well no its not actually as those that voted for it, or at least the vast majority of them, had no idea what damage it would cause to the UK and their own livelihoods.
The bottom line is that even if we ignore the huge black hole of Brexit we are in a horrible economic place with little chance of an improvement without a good following wind. The economic collapse of 2007 exposed very serious fault lines in the UK yet years of austerity have not really scratched the surface.
To me the obvious reaction a to all this is scrap Brexit, scrap renewal of Trident, accept that taxes have to rise particularly for high earners and hope for an economic miracle. If all that happens then we may just about get our noses above the water line.
And we thought that Greece and Ireland were in deep economic trouble!
With thanks to Roy Connell for the lead to this posting.
The BBC has the story on its web site – see link above
Now this is an interesting story and it shows how deep the cuts in local government funding have gone. Whether Surrey County Council’s Tory rulers will follow through with this significant rise remains to be seen though.
Locally the elected Labour Mayor of Liverpool was talking about a big hike in Council tax a few weeks ago only to back off when the unpopularity of it became apparent.
BUT it is clear to all of us that social care for the elderly across England is slowly but surely falling apart due to funding cuts. So one way or another we are going to have to pay more whether that be in national or local taxes. If this crisis, which mirrors the similar crisis in the NHS, is not tackled and soon we will no long be able to call ourselves a civilised country. Deliberately under funding care for the elderly is appalling.
With thanks to Roy Connell for spotting the BBC story.
The Liverpool Echo has the story – see link above
Goodness me this a serious issue; our NHS is going to the dogs and we have to fight for it. It’s under great pressure and increased demands so the solution is to cut back its services! That’s the politics of the mad house.
There’s already a petition doing the rounds about A&E cuts at Southport Hospital but Merseycare Trust and Aintree Hospitals Trusts are also slated for cuts. If we don’t fight for the NHS now when will we?
I’m not opposed to sorting out the NHS bureaucracy and reducing management costs and waste but cutting back A&E and direct patient services has to be opposed.
The Southport A&E petition can be accessed via this link:-
Please sign it and indeed other petitions that circulate trying to protect our NHS from such cuts.