You would assume someone taking the time to write a letter to the Courier would make sure that any statistics they included where properly referenced and made sense.
Don’t just lump loads of numbers and issues together. Don’t lie and say pension schemes haven’t been reformed.
The teacher’s pension scheme was reviewed and reformed in 2007, it has nothing to do with the deficit.
Worse still you can’t absolve the banks for their role in creating this crisis. They caused it!
The last Labour government failed to spot or prevent it happening but it is like blaming a police officer when a speeding motorist crashes his car.
So I was surprised to see Saturday’s letters page state that £1 trillion pounds of debt the UK quoted has as a deficit caused by Labour.
You can see that figure if you look at the data on the Office of National Statistics. The number isn’t wrong but it is a figure accumulated over the LAST 50 YEARS!
You’d have to blame all governments for that and it is a truth that the Tories have been in power for the majority of that time so they will have to take the majority of the blame if that is the game people want to play.
We’ve had a deficit in almost everyone of those 50 years. I‘m not interested in that sort of blame game.
It is a pointless childish game and it is about time we faced up to how we are really going to solve our problems. That’s what grown ups should do.
The truth is there is a key way to balancing the books and that is through growth in the economy.
Sadly the coalition government is so busy cutting and attacking the public sector they have no plans for growth and no plans for jobs.
The UK economy grew by 0.5% in the first quarter of 2011 but the Office for National Statistics warns that the UK is on a ‘plateau’.
That growth followed a negative figure of minus 0.5% and growth now is 0.3%. Maybe it is even lower.
No one says the deficit isn’t serious and that there shouldn’t be some cuts but services do require funding. Cut too far and the service doesn’t work.
There is no point in cutting police budgets by 20% or more in a time of rising crime.
We need the police to be properly funded to keep us all safe. How they can do this in the face of such savage cuts with burglary up 33% is beyond me.
It is deeply worrying.