What to cut?

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  1. With talk of a double dip recession,a potential VAT rise to 20% and Greece needing bailing out,after the election what areas of British spending should be cut?.

    For my tuppenceworth,I would go for at least a 20% cut in the civil service,a public sector pay and recruitment freeze.

    Next a total audit of DSS spending with a view to a 25% cut.The something for nothing culture would become history pronto.

    Foreign aid and the EU contribution need pruning as well.

    Any other ideas?.

    If Labour somehow win(by rigging the polls)?,Britain will sink into Zimbabwesque hyperinflation and bankruptcy.
     
  2. The next Quarterly Reports should prove interesting (unless someone has that info already?) whether or not we dip back into recession,

    It's already been debated on here somewhere what area's to aim for & the list is a long one!

    IMO: to start with, The welfare Bill needs total overhaul & agree Foreign Aid.
     
  3. I suggest you cut the cake and start offering it around.

    Your hospitality is really not up to much, you know.
     
  4. The NHS - The NHS could easily get by with a 10% cut. I mean, the NHS has had more money thrown at it than anywhere else and still it's useless. There's more fat in the NHS than probably any other department

    Overseas Aid - Bin it for at least 3 years. They had aid when they were under the Imperial rule of the British, but they all wanted their Independence and since then they've done nothing but spunnk it up on Mercs, AK's and designer handbags.

    Nukes – Bin the Nuke program. We'll never go to war on our own and no cnut will ever have the balls to use it anyway.

    Regional Development Agencies – Waste of money, simple as.

    Equality – Everyone's born equal. Some choose to use it, and other's don't. Unlucky.
     
  5. The NHS is **** on the collection of statistics. PCTs have increased the amount of admin staff to collect the statistics and "monitor" the new contracts to such an extent that GP surgeries and hospitals have to take on extra admin staff to product the amount of information required. If, for example, a GP surgery opens to 8 at night, they get paid extra (rightly so) but why would not a simple "open to 8" statement suffice? No, the PCT demands a day by day breakdown of which doctors worked to that hour, how many patients they saw, how many failed to turn up, how many telephone calls they made etc. Same with payments for minor surgery. PCT now demands a breakdown of what the surgery was, which doctor did it, histology results, type of injection given etc. Multiply this info by the 15 or so extra services provided and you can see why more admin staff are required to produce it and collate it. The cost of inspecting practices and filling in nice little Excel graphs and producing Powerpoint presentations has been estimated at 3.57 million quid for just one PCT (Leicester City). Taking money from the front line services where it is really needed.
     
  6. Cuts will cause more harm than good. Now is NOT the time to loose our nerve. Despite what die hard right wingers think spending was the right thing to do.
     
  7. The British NHS is a shining example of how not to manage a social insurance system. Every politician knows this but it is a truth that dare not speak its name.

    However, Ol' Woggle Eye and his LSE socialists (and I'm Your Mate Dave) will begin to ratchet up the mantra of SchoolsnHospitals for the run up to the election.

    .........the whole bloated process screams out for root and branch reform.

    Fukkit, I'm depressed, now.
     
  8. Gordon Browns throat?
     
  9. Wordsmith

    Wordsmith LE Book Reviewer

    Quangos.

    Some studies suggest these are costing up to £64 billion annually.

    And having worked in and with several small businesses, I'd say most of the quangos I dealt with were f*cking useless.

    You could cut out 75% of quangos and not notice the difference in the real world.

    (Although a lot of labour jobsworths would be howling.....)

    Wordsmith.
     
  10. Why much as he's hated(for good reason) his policies are getting us out of the sh1t!
    They may have got us in it quicker than was nessecary, still besides the point!
     
  11. Quality!!!
     
  12. Quangos, Trident and the ID card system
     
  13. Utter bollox. The man, along with every other macro-economic tinkering wannabe, will not hold fully to Keynsian theory as it advocates a mix of private and public fiscal management - but they cannot leave well alone when they should.
     
  14. And all the payments to wasters who have been spongeing of the state for the last decade.
     
  15. Like Sven,perchance?.