THOSE of us who voted Conservative and who wish it well may feel that our loyalty is being pushed to the limit by preparing plans for 40% cuts.
Chancellor George Osborne has not hidden the fact that he is looking at this Domesday scenario and that says to me it is an attempt to make all of us make choices about the type of government we want.
It is true, as Clr Mehboob Khan has pointed out, that the north has more people dependent on local and national government than the south. This is why any large cuts would really hit our area hard.
The previous Labour Government failed to secure the long term future of manufacturing here. While economic conditions were right for economic growth, they squandered the boom times on too much unnecessary spending on vanity projects.
They borrowed too much and invested too little on the things which would have secured a brighter future.
It has been proven that if you lower tax rates you increase the tax take. The new Government must get the economic conditions right to make it possible to increase wealth, increase tax byŠ a system that encourages work and to make sure that as many citizens, who are able can help to build a prosperous future.
Some of us whose work depends on the public sector have taken wage cuts in order to make sure we still have a job to go to. It is a bitter pill to swallow but that is the reality of the situation.
ŠThe Labour Party cry crocodile tears over the cuts but the fact is they ducked out of telling us where their axe would fall. It brings to mind what the Governor of the Bank of England said prior to the General Election that the elected Government (of any political colour)Šwould have to make so many unpopular decisions that ‘... they would be virtually unelectable for a generation ...’
That is the sad conclusion that many of us have reached that the Coalition – after havingŠ acted in the national interest – will hand over power to the Labour Party in five years’ time and they (Labour) will have learned nothing from the experience.
In this together
PETER Garside, who thinks that a public sector job is ‘not a job really’ (‘Back to reality’, Mailbag, July 5) has presumablyŠ never neededŠ the services of a nurse, teacher, home carer or refuse collector, won’t need them in future and never ventures onto the public highway.
Similarly PF (Public v private’, Mailbag, same day), who claims that the private sector generates income and the public sector spends it, seems to imagine thatŠ private firms don’t need a healthy and educated workforce or a transport system to get them to work and never Šsell anything to the Health Service and other public bodies.
In fact, not a day goes by without reports of how public spending cuts are hitting the private sector too – and business leaders are already warning of the dangers of a new recession.
The truth is that the two sectors are hugely interdependent.ŠIt is Peter Garside and PF who needŠto get ‘back to reality.’
I AGREE with Kenneth Greenwood’s comments about the ideal state of State finances (Mailbag, July 3). Unfortunately, Labour has consistently demonstrated it cannot be trusted to run the economy, other than into the buffers.
Perhaps it was distrust of the level of ‘financial probity’ possessed by the average politician of any party which led Beveridge to propose a self-contained State pension fund?
This would have prevented pension contributions from being abstracted by government to be ‘used for whatever purpose they saw fit’ (ie to ‘buy political popularity’).
As for private insurers, Mr Greenwood overlooks Equitable Life, whose unfortunate policy holders, woefully ignored by Labour, have had a long wait for anything approaching ‘equity’.
On rule changes, Mr Greenwood also misses the fact that the recent Labour government reduced the qualifying period for the State pension from 40 years to 30.
This only deepened an existing ‘black hole’ in pension funding. It did, however, make it easier for those who entered the UK economy later in life to gain a full pension. Political popularity or financial probity?
The NHS is a different kettle of fish and is part of another debate.
While Mr Greenwood is correct to say that Labour introduced it, the practical foundations of the NHS were laid by the work of the Wartime Emergency Medical Services set up to treat wounded Dunkirk evacuees and Blitz victims and its political roots stretch back to a 1944 White Paper of the wartime coalition government.
Far from being Labour’s baby, the NHS is a child of mixed heritage.
As a 58-year-old taxpayer who has just seen his State pensionable age pushed back by another year I have a more direct interest in the pensions debate than an existing pensioner, Mr Greenwood. I stand by my position.
Cut ‘silly’ projects
AFTER the harsh winter we have had we all know how the roads have suffered with potholes small and large.
As a resident of Almondbury I’m confused that Kirklees has decided to revamp pathways, bus stop and zebra crossing on Northgate.
The new bus stop has moved and been placed opposite the T-junction on Southfield Road.
The zebra crossing has been moved about 10 yards and the path widening has made it harder for buses to turn left on to Northgate.
I awoke on Sunday morning to find workers working on the pathway. In my opinion Northgate did not need improvements.
The money should be spent on repairing the roads and not on silly projects when urgent repairs are needed for our roads.
Having a field day
THANK you to the Friends of Cliff Rec who organised a fun evening last Friday.
The weather was glorious, the scenery stunning and about 50 people of all ages enjoyed a wellie throwing competition and hot dogs courtesy of New Mill Co-op and the Friends themselves.
Cafe 100 had a drinks and sweets stall which was also very popular. It was a trip down memory lane to see the shelter being used and families enjoying the rec.
Slow pace of life
THE Examiner states that in 1865 (On This Day, July 5) the Locomotives and Highways Act of Britain introduced a speed limit for road vehicles of 4mph in the country and 2mph in towns.
Some things never alter. Kirklees Highways appear to think this is still the limit for Huddersfield and district.
Dogs off leads
I WOULD like to thank the two elderly women who were walking an Alsatian off the lead on Longwood Edge on Tuesday.
Upon seeing us the dog charged towards my partner and I at speed and proceeded on three or four occasions to snap and growl at us.
There was no attempt to recall the dog nor was any apology offered. I did state I would inform the police to which the reply was ‘go on then.’
The world would be a far nicer place without ignorant people such as these – people well old enough to know better.
EX OAP lover