Slash ‘n’ burn, slash ‘n’ burn. Britain’s coalition government is trimming us down in an attempt to plug that yawning chasm of a financial black hole. Unemployment grows and the civic infrastructure creaks under the strain. I’m not happy about the situation at all, but I accept that cuts are inevitable. The UK has a huge debt which must be reduced for the sake of future generations. Other countries in the EU are doing exactly the same thing. Germany endured austerity measures years ago which weren’t pretty, but they got through it and now they are prospering. Indeed, the Federal Republic is one of the few members of the Union that is doing well at the moment.
Obviously, there is opposition to these cuts, much of which is justified, but some people have no grasp of economic reality. I’m hearing a lot of ‘it’s all the bankers’ fault, make them pay, blah blah blah’. Yes, they have a lot to answer for and we must never forget their irresponsible actions which triggered the economic crisis of 2008. However, they are paying and, as long as the government is vigilant, they’ll continue to pay. But they weren’t the only ones profiting during the ‘good years’ of Labour misrule. A tremendous amount of money was wasted on contractors who made vast profits at the expense of the public sector. No one was keeping an eye on this. Instead, every contract, every project (however well-meaning) was rubber-stamped, regardless of cost to the public purse. The Labour administration appears to have abandoned any control over spending policy from around 2000 onwards, instead throwing money at projects and making a lot of lawyers and charlatans very wealthy indeed. The fat cats weren’t the only ones with their snouts in the trough, moreover. I can name you a dozen able-bodied people who are currently claiming incapacity benefit. The only thing holding them back is their pathological indolence. These parasites have so little self-respect and respect for others that they are happy to live in their filthy council flats putting on weight, playing video games and leeching off Joe Taxpayer. There are people like this up and down the country, feigning illness and topping up their support with Jobseeker’s Allowance and Housing Benefit. These individuals are sufficient reason to bring back the workhouse.
Child benefit is another one of my bugbears. The government has already cut it for higher earners, which is all well and good, but I’ll only be satisfied when it is phased out altogether. Why should people be paid to breed? There are over 60 million souls crammed into 243,610 km2; South-East England bears the brunt of this and is one of the most crowded regions on earth. The infrastructure cannot deal with more people, especially since the highest birth rates are in the least productive strata of society. I am referring, of course, to the chav underclass and to the Pakistanis. These people are a blight, a festering pustule on the left buttock of humanity. They despise learning, they detest outsiders, they are violent and they are inherently dishonest. They are as much a drain on the economy as the most reckless and sociopathic bankers; add to this their predilection for criminality and you have a major drain on police time. Chavs and Pakistanis ought to be kept in camps surrounded by barbed wire, so that they can no longer taint the rest of society with their poisonous moral turpitude. I believe that their ghettoisation would go a long way to cutting costs across the board in the medium to long term.
Another way to balance the books is to stimulate growth. Prime Minister Cameron and his cronies are working on an assumption that the private sector will ‘pick up the slack’ after all these public sector job losses. This can only happen with deregulation. The government needs to encourage businesses to start up, but they cannot do so with ease unless the mountain of red tape, much of it devised in Brussels, is cut. There are too many forms to fill in, too many health and safety laws, all standing in the way of prosperity. The Agency Worker Directive (2010) was a bad idea. One of the benefits of being a temporary worker (I should know, as I am one) is the flexibility it affords, both for employer and employee. If one insists the temp has the same rights and benefits as everyone else, what’s the point in hiring them? Better to be working without holiday pay than to be not working at all.
How else can those suits in Whitehall get the economy back on track? Are they tackling this issue the wrong way? Is it a case of ‘too much, too soon’ with all these public spending cuts? I’d be interested to hear your views.