Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Empty Cupboards and Paint Pots

We are now hours away from polling - nearer destruction and ruin or salvation depending upon your perspective. I've parked my political musings for now as I frankly have had enough of criticising Gordon brown and Nick Clegg, however easy and therapeutic that particular pastime is. I cannot place my faith in the British public - after all it was they who gave us Tony Blair and the X Factor - but at least I can rest in the knowledge that it will soon be out of all of our hands.

One thing I did want to touch on though is the thorny issue of public spending. I read one irate member of the public ranting about cuts be likely if certain parties got into power. Perhaps the biggest achievement of Gordon Brown's time in government is that he has hoodwinked people into the assertion that the more you spend the more you get...


Several problems with this theory. Firstly, you have to have the money - we haven't got it anymore. There is double the deficit there was fifteen years ago, despite all the taxes, and the economy is in a tender state of recovery which means there is little in the way of a reserve pot from which to draw. Secondly, you have to assume that the people in power spend it wisely - this rarely happens. Money is often allocated to administration and beaurocracy. Or, in the case of late, for laptops to poorer families so they can do their homework. Thirdly, even if the money is dispatched to a needy cause, it then falls into the realms of "management" - in other words anything from a Quango or a Civil Servant to a pfi team to an NHS manager to decide what to do with it. The less said on this one the better.

So for every hard earned pound, there is a great chance that seventy or even eighty pence of it will be frittered away into the system. Let's face it, if someone told you that they would spend your wages for you, would you be happy? No, didn’t think so...

Anyway, my hope is that the socialists will be voted out and we can save our reserves back up again. On that note, I'm off to do some painting whilst I can still afford it...

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