"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Comprehensive Spending Review

Simon Hughes: "The CSR has LibDem footprints all over it" I think Hughes has just put himself and his Party astride a double-edged sword - let's hope they enjoy the ride.

Main Points:
Reform: in every area where we make savings, we must leave no stone unturned in our search for waste & we must deliver changes necessary to make our services fit for the modern age.
Fairness: all in this together & all must make a contribution;  means creating a welfare system that helps the vulnerable, supports people into work & is affordable for working people who pay for it from their taxes.  Broadest shoulders will pay the most and that includes our banks.
Growth: when money is short we should ruthlessly prioritise those areas of public spending most likely to support economic growth, ie investments in transport, green energy infrastructure, science and "the skills and education of our citizens".


And that's that as far as I'm concerned.  There was mention of a Sovereign Support Grant replacing the Civil List (goodbye to Britain's Constitutional Monarchy, hello cycling continentals).

Forensic analysis can be found at:
Guardian: live rolling blog
Conservative Home: live rolling blog
The Spectator: live rolling blog
Fraser Nelson: Ten Points about the CSR

I hold politics to be in contempt of the people and I think I'd better go - I feel another 'FOAD' moment coming on.  Videos to follow later, possibly.

UPDATE:  Since Swiss Bob of the Daily Politics left the scene no-one has been able to replace him - there are no videos.  Sorry.

The graphic is from the Daily Mail.   It still grieves me that England has no representation in the Westminster Parliament.  I also wonder why the Cabinet Office, fronted by Clegg, appears to have done so well out of the CSR.


  1. I know, Angel, and thanks but I think it will take more than empathy this time round. The US seems to have as much internal conflict as we do these days. Far from bringing people together Obama seems to have driven a wedge between them with his socialist policies.

    What gets to me is how they re-define themselves through language, eg the EU parties call their main bloc 'centre-right' but they're not - they're made up of maoists like Barroso and anarchists, like Cohn-Bendit. They've shifted the political world to the left and placed me on the extreme right. I object - in the nicest possible way of course :-)


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