It is Obvious

Chris Rick has got altogether too much to say

No more Mr Nice Guy

Posted by chrisrick13 on October 15, 2015

It is obvious: the end is nigh

Back to the old style.

Bill sent me a quoste from someone at the Conservative Party Conference.  It can only be described as bizarre.  ‘Outrageous’ does not do it justice.  Nor does ‘ravings of a nutter’.  Still he got his 15 minutes of fame.  The Conservative party certainly has a loony right.  They occasionally see the light of day but are mostly hidden.  Unless you are a socialist when you see all the Conservatives as loonies.

Every grouping of people has a normal curve distribution no matter how the rules for that grouping are set.  By definition there must be people on the fringes.

So it is that the Labour party has a loony left.  The difference to the Conservatives is that they are in charge.

One of the Labour speakers at their conference attacked the ‘bedroom tax’.  If I were responding to that in any public debate I would furrow my brow and point out that there is no such tax on the statute book.  Then I would investigate what the measure was and insist on its proper name.  No matter, this person was damning the ‘bedroom tax’.  Later on they proposed that little old ladies living in big houses on their own should be booted out to make room for large families to move in!   You can’t make this stuff up.

PMQs was a delight today.  As soon as the rowdies started shouting Cameron said that he thought the new order was a calm debate of reasoned words.  This shut them up as last time.  In answer to all the questions he said that the answer was to have a strong economy.  Thus the Conservatives make themselves hostage to fortune.  If the reset occurs in the next 4 years then the Conservatives will lose the next election.  Think it might.

The Conservatives are doing their best to keep Mr Corbyn at the helm of the Labour party.  They really need him there for the next election.  It will be interesting to see if they can manage it.  Maybe long enough for the next leader not to have enough time to push the party back into the centre?  It will be crowded there as they will find the Conservatives well dug in after Mr Corbyn gave up the territory.

The austerity debate goes on.  Austerity does not do it but as the Conservatives have not tried it yet it is not proven.  A perpetually growing economy and some efforts at limiting spending with some increased taxation might do it.  There are endless examples of people suffering because of Conservative measures.  Moving away from tax credits is one.  The simple argument is that we have over the last 2 generations spent money for 4 generations by borrowing and leaving it to our children to repay.  No new hospital today means 1 person dies but in 20 years’ time we will have money to build hospitals and 100 people will live.  Not an argument I care to have but not one that we should need to have.

The Conservatives are moving to make sure that low paid people keep all that they earn.  The burden goes to the middle classes who earn enough to live on and then some.  (You have to accept that getting lots of money out of the rich will always be difficult.  The middle ground is a much softer target.)  I think it is right that we shoulder that burden but do it openly.  Don’t take taxes off low paid and then give the money back.  Just don’t take the taxes.

There will still be people who can’t live on what they earn so make sure that there is a realistic minimum wage.  It should be possible to cut the number of people needing some financial support close to zero.  Then the army of people administering and policing the current system can spend their time giving money to these people and ensuring that it is always a ‘reasonable’ payment.  How about making them share their wages to encourage the civil servants to move these people to a place where they can support themselves?

There is a big elephant in the room.  I know him well.  NIC is aimed at the first few hundred pounds of income and is levied on companies thus detering them from employing people.  Costs a lot to administer.  It is a tax specifically for the low paid.  Introduced by Labour to pay for the NHS.  So get rid of it and put 5p on to basic rate income tax.  You might talk about the need for NIC to keep track of who gets a pension and how much.  So simply say that everyone gets a pension.  If not a pension, society will be supporting these people with an equal amount, so just give them a pension.  A lot of NIC administrators and police will lose their jobs.
So we come full circle that austerity does not do it.  Higher taxes on the middle classes and an economy with not much overhead for government does.

It is obvious: the end is nigh – can’t be, it’s already tomorrow in Australia


One Response to “No more Mr Nice Guy”

  1. Bill said

    I do agree, the benefits system is far too complex at the moment. It needs an army of people to adminster it plus, as you can’t know what people are getting, you don’t know if the benefits are going to the really needy.

    I do like the idea of a pension for everyone set at the same level however I would prefer it if those who contributed to this fund (by working and paying taxes) got just a bit more out of it, so perhaps they could afford the extra little treats that those who had been dependent on the state for all their (possible) working lives. On the other hand these people get the workplace pension (through working) and hence probably have the extra anyway so maybe a one size fits all state pension would be the answer.

    I can’t see anything much changing though as the various pressure groups (I’m sure all registered as charities) will whittle away with such an equal system until it is even more complex than the current mess. Oh and damn unequal too!

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