Yesterdays Budget

Just read the bullet points from the budget and it seems that the promises that have were made in the Election are being put in place.

£600 billion for infrastructure projects
£27 billion road building plan, personally I would have liked to have seen old branch lines re-opening
No extra duty on booze and help for pubs, smokers get hit again

seems the Chancellor managed to do a bit for everyone, will be interesting to see how the Communist opposition will react to it.
 
As someone who supported the Liberal end of your Communist opposition I have to say I am getting more and more frustrated with the continuing negative and unhelpful criticism and general whining from my side of the line. Surely there's some bits they can say "well done" to? Seriously ticked off with the binary bollix and actually I thing the budget was rather good
 
As someone who supported the Liberal end of your Communist opposition I have to say I am getting more and more frustrated with the continuing negative and unhelpful criticism and general whining from my side of the line. Surely there's some bits they can say "well done" to? Seriously ticked off with the binary bollix and actually I thing the budget was rather good
Well, the same magic money tree seems to have been thoroughly harvested.
 
Just read the bullet points from the budget and it seems that the promises that have were made in the Election are being put in place.

£600 billion for infrastructure projects
£27 billion road building plan, personally I would have liked to have seen old branch lines re-opening
No extra duty on booze and help for pubs, smokers get hit again

seems the Chancellor managed to do a bit for everyone, will be interesting to see how the Communist opposition will react to it.
Yep. I was (to say the least) skeptical of all the promises made over the past few months, but it appears that the Tories are following through.

I hope that they continue to do so - does anyone know if there's a "promises v reality" tracker, or similar?
 

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Just read the bullet points from the budget and it seems that the promises that have were made in the Election are being put in place.

£600 billion for infrastructure projects
£27 billion road building plan, personally I would have liked to have seen old branch lines re-opening
No extra duty on booze and help for pubs, smokers get hit again

seems the Chancellor managed to do a bit for everyone, will be interesting to see how the Communist opposition will react to it.
I looked up from the tablet a few minutes ago to see BBC Propaganda News interviewing John MacDonnell and the latter patronisingly mansplaining why the budget was an absolute fustercluck.

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Well, the same magic money tree seems to have been thoroughly harvested.
If the money has been borrowed with in the realms of it being fiscally prudent then what is the issue, other Governments used the borrowing to empty the coffers and leave us in deep crap.

The Corona monetary help will indeed help a lot of SME's weather what is going to be a difficult 1st Qtr. The NHS getting extra funds to help is also a bonus. The review of business rates for the high street hopefully will provide a boost to bricks and mortar shopping. Like I said the opening of branch lines shut by Beeching could have been an added bonus but might be planned in the future.
 
If the money has been borrowed with in the realms of it being fiscally prudent then what is the issue, other Governments used the borrowing to empty the coffers and leave us in deep crap.
Well, that is the salient question. The fact remains that Tory fanbois describe Labour plan to borrow and spend as plucking the magic money tree, but are happy to borrow and spend themselves.
I realise that it is just politics, but as a neutral I find the hypocrisy hilarious.
 
As someone who supported the Liberal end of your Communist opposition I have to say I am getting more and more frustrated with the continuing negative and unhelpful criticism and general whining from my side of the line. Surely there's some bits they can say "well done" to? Seriously ticked off with the binary bollix and actually I thing the budget was rather good
That is pretty much the defining feature of Corbynism - object to whatever it is that [insert demon of choice] does. It's all he has ever done, and all he has ever known, so it's little wonder that it's all he can do.
 
Well, that is the salient question. The fact remains that Tory fanbois describe Labour plan to borrow and spend as plucking the magic money tree, but are happy to borrow and spend themselves.
I realise that it is just politics, but as a neutral I find the hypocrisy hilarious.
Would you categorise yourself as Keynesian or non-Keynesian?
 
Oh Corbyn made me laugh yesterday. He was moaning there was Nothing for MENA or disabled women- going a bit Niche Labour. So that's labour's key target audience, we have been told.
 
Oh Corbyn made me laugh yesterday. He was moaning there was Nothing for MENA or disabled women- going a bit Niche Labour. So that's labour's key target audience, we have been told.
Don’t get me wrong, Labour’s response is beyond pathetic. I turned the tv off this morning in the middle of McDonnell’s ramblings.
 
Fuel duty no raise
Booze duty no raise.
Raised the level of NI contribution by just under a grand a year. In real terms I'm about a £100 a month better off.

For the bloke on an average wage it's not bad tbh.
 
Yesterday's budget would've been difficult to be frugal in the short term due to countering the public safety on coronavirus. £30bn is no small amount but gives all affected areas & departments the reassurance the Government will get things done (No Rishi pun intended).

The Chancellor was given more flexibility after discussions with the BoE & the interest rate cut, hence the increased borrowing measures. Forecast for the deficit, currently £1.8tn to reduce from 79-75% of GDP by 2024, that now appears very challenging to achieve but not impossible.

Overall, it's an initial Covid19 response responsible budget with national strategic infrastructure included, which as you guessed it has made Labour utterly useless & sick as a pig as they continue to clutch at straws trying to critise anything the Government do.

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That is pretty much the defining feature of Corbynism - object to whatever it is that [insert demon of choice] does. It's all he has ever done, and all he has ever known, so it's little wonder that it's all he can do.
It's called "being the leader of the opposition", and is the job spec. Note, like every other LoTO ever, he started his reply speech with a few brief words about the good bits.


Personally, at around £7m per mile, I'd have liked a few fewer miles of road exchanged for a bit of support for the criminal justice system but oh well.... around 35 miles should pay the legal costs of those found not guilty, who currently have to self fund, for example.

Pleased to see general consensus across the House on the broadly Socialist policy of infrastructure investment.
 
Good pragmatic Budget, although he could have dialled back on the Bob the Builderish "get things done" soundbite.

However I couldn't help thinking he looked an awful lot like Kevin's mate from The Wonder Years.
 
Good pragmatic Budget, although he could have dialled back on the Bob the Builderish "get things done" soundbite.

However I couldn't help thinking he looked an awful lot like Kevin's mate from The Wonder Years.

Yeah, it got a tiny bit "strong and stable" or "for the many, not the few".
 
As someone who supported the Liberal end of your Communist opposition I have to say I am getting more and more frustrated with the continuing negative and unhelpful criticism and general whining from my side of the line. Surely there's some bits they can say "well done" to? Seriously ticked off with the binary bollix and actually I thing the budget was rather good
Oh dear, in this incarnation of the former Labour Party they are the opposition so they are supposed to oppose everything. They're not supposed to be a part of parliament which points out errors and suggests better way of doing things they're just supposed to find fault and nitpick. Corbyn has been absolutely perfect for this role as its been his whole life as an MP, he embodies Student Grant.
Whilst he remains leader and the candidates for leader and deputy are who they are Labour has no chance to get back the support it had. It needs a leader who will get a grip and produce a clear vision for Labour in the 21st century, move far away from the current 19th century policies and basically grab the party by the knackers and make it follow their vision.
 
If the money has been borrowed with in the realms of it being fiscally prudent then what is the issue, other Governments used the borrowing to empty the coffers and leave us in deep crap.

The Corona monetary help will indeed help a lot of SME's weather what is going to be a difficult 1st Qtr. The NHS getting extra funds to help is also a bonus. The review of business rates for the high street hopefully will provide a boost to bricks and mortar shopping. Like I said the opening of branch lines shut by Beeching could have been an added bonus but might be planned in the future.
My bold....This would be very difficult and very expensive.
Most of the old branch lines have been built on, or at best, built too close for a road to be relaid/re-opened.
 

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