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Tag Archives: Austerity
As a society, we decide what we value. Where do we want our work to generate value? Do we value our transport infrastructure, do we value our children’s education, do we value our police force, our armed forces, caring for … Continue reading
The one good thing that I have discovered from the Tory manifesto is an increased empathy with the writers of the psalms. They clearly had their own Tory party in power. Psalm 10 reads: “Why, Lord, do you stand far … Continue reading
Here is some data. It should be more powerful than rhetoric. Draw your own conclusions…
VAT is a tax on what we spend. Everybody has to pay VAT at the same rate, rich and poor alike. The following chart shows which parties have changed the basic rate of VAT since its introduction by the Conservative … Continue reading
If I need some basic repairs carrying out on my car or my house, I know that the cheapest way to get the repairs done is to do it myself. It is faster and easier and cheaper. Why should it … Continue reading
The chart below shows the income distribution in the UK (latest figures available from government statistics) and the corresponding amount that you can borrow if you have a 10% deposit (using the Halifax building society mortgage calculator). Two thirds of … Continue reading
Here is a tale of the exploitation, told from the point of view of a young single girl trying to find a home…. but it has a hopeful ending.
If the government makes ‘savings’ of £1million, what does it actually save? Well, by savings we mean job cuts, and almost all of the job cuts are from lowly paid workers. A person on (say) £12000 a year will pay … Continue reading