Recession-fighting Budget that Osborne should now follow

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From: Geoff Sweeting, Wressle, Selby.

Has our Government gone completely bonkers? Here we are in a double-dip recession and all the Coalition and the Labour party can fight about is the Murdoch family.

George Osborne had a great chance to sort out our financial problems in the Budget and instead flunked it.

My version of a recession-fighting budget is as follows:

1. Immediately pull out of the EU and repeal the ridiculous Human Rights Act, thus saving billions of pounds a year and regaining control of our lives.

2. Stop giving money that we have to borrow in the first place, to the IMF, India, Pakistan, China and any other country, thereby saving another billion or so.

3. Stop all subsidies for wind turbines, this will ensure that not another one is built. We could then develop a reliable nuclear energy programme.

4. Deport all foreign criminals immediately they have been found guilty. Why should we pay for their board and lodgings for years while they serve their sentences, and for many years afterwards as they fight extradition using our legal aid? This has the added advantage of solving the problem of over-crowding for our own criminals.

5. Cut the number of MPs in half, 300 should be enough to run a small country like ours.

There will undoubtedly be objections from the Greens to point three, but by now everyone should be convinced that wind turbines are useless, we still need conventional energy back-up and the subsidies are responsible for the high energy bills that are causing distress to the lower paid, particularly pensioners.

A rough reckoning suggests savings of at least £25bn a year, plus the ability to get rid of a lot of MPs, MEPs and civil servants, moving to small government as the Tories say – in a stroke.

I commend my budget to the House.

From; Don Burslam, Elm Road, Dewsbury Moor, Dewsbury.

JUST a few comments on the dreaded double-dip recession.

I am no Tory but rather than stupid accusations about the Government waging class war, let us at least credit them with making sincere efforts to pull us through an extremely difficult crisis. People should note that the likes of Denmark and the Netherlands have now been sucked into the economic maelstrom. These countries have not hitherto been mentioned.

Isn’t it ironic that some of us in retirement can stay solvent without using credit cards and making sensible economies by not splashing out on expensive holidays etc?

On the other hand, the Government-aided cohorts of economists and Whitehall Warriors struggle to economise and grapple with some problems which are perennial and should be all too familiar by now. Down the years they make the same mistakes so perhaps we should form a committee to teach the “experts” how to live within their means. What’s more, I’d do it for a fraction of what all those experts pull down.

From: Jack Kinsman, Stainton Drive, Grimsby.

THIS coalition keeps bringing up phrases such as “We are all in this together” and “the Big Society”. What do these phrases mean?

When I look about, I see very rich Parliamentarians eating very lavish meals at the expense of low-paid workers’ taxes. These workers are receiving handouts, food parcels from charities.

Is this what the coalition mean by “We are all in this together”?

When I see facilities for the homeless, the aged, and the infirm being closed so that the “councils” can facilitate the drastic cuts demanded by those running around in “parliamental” limousines, I ask myself: Is this the Big Society we hear about? I may sound bitter, but I lost two very good friends in Grimsby last winter. One died of hypothermia. The other died from malutritition because she could not afford to keep warm and feed herself.

Both my friends served their country with pride, and for their service to their country their taxes are given to very rich people in countries like India, Turkey etc while they starve to death in the country they once loved. Is this the Big Society this mealy mouthed, self-serving government talk about?