Comments on: The politicians we deserve? http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate-uk/2009/06/29/the-politicians-we-deserve/ Wed, 16 Nov 2016 01:37:11 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: David http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate-uk/2009/06/29/the-politicians-we-deserve/comment-page-1/#comment-4801 Mon, 29 Jun 2009 22:02:08 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate-uk/?p=2123#comment-4801 Professor Copeland, you have stated the problem eloquently, so now what is the solution.

The problem can be summarized very swiftly. Who would employ a politician to run a local corner sweet shop, let alone a whole economy. The problem is down in the depths of their egos. Politics attracts the wrong people to start with – period.

A politician once told me that all politicians are liars. So where does that leave us mortals?

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By: Fred http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate-uk/2009/06/29/the-politicians-we-deserve/comment-page-1/#comment-4798 Mon, 29 Jun 2009 17:56:07 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate-uk/?p=2123#comment-4798 If you go to this page at the Treasury Web Site

http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/bud_bud09_ index.htm

you can view (PDF Format) all the budgetary data produced by this government since 1999. The documents contain official government material, not spin, not opinion.

These documents show, for each year, the total amount of tax revenue received and the total amount of money spent by the government. There are three very interesting conclusions that can be drawn from these documents:

1. With I think one exception, the current government has spent more money than it has earned, every year, since they came to power. This means that each year the people of Britain are being pushed further and further into debt – a debt that will have to be repaid in future taxes for years to come.

2. The amount of money spent servicing that debt is, roughly speaking, the same amount of money spent by the government on the defense budget each year. When you think how much the Eurofighter Typhoon, the Iraq/Afghanistan conflicts and new Aircraft Carriers will cost, you realise just how much money the government has squandered on interest payments.

3. Despite all the verbal nonsense and claims being traded by the main political parties at the moment, there is one simple fact that cannot be evaded – Great Britain is facing the biggest ever debt burden, in real terms, that we have likely ever had to deal with.

If a businessman ran a company, or if a family ran a home budget, in the way that this government has run the nation’s finances for the last 10-11 years, then they would have been declared bankrupt and the banks would have foreclosed on them – year ago.

The terrifying thing is that we haven’t foreclosed on this government, and they are merrily digging the grave deeper all the while.

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By: Bill http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate-uk/2009/06/29/the-politicians-we-deserve/comment-page-1/#comment-4793 Mon, 29 Jun 2009 12:47:02 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate-uk/?p=2123#comment-4793 Thank you Sir,
The most succinct and coherent piece of political commentary I have read to date this year. Admittedly comedy is more my usual genre, but this is because I generally find comedy comes closer to the truth than political commentary.
As an Englishman resident abroad, I do not have to pay the expenses of UK Members of Parliament, I do however recognise farce when I come across it!

As Professor Copeland writes; ‘Of all the dishonest things that politicians do, inflating their expenses is about the least damaging.’

Don’t let them get away with taking us from behind ‘Royal Fashion’ saimply because they have been cooking the books again! It reminds me rather of those comforting occasions when I go to my favourite global news portal only to be greeted by headlines about some cuddly baby animal in some far away zoo… clearly no news of any import today!

Bill

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