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Labour’s economic illiteracy and lack of understanding of how businesses actually work should make frightening reading for us all

September 23, 2019 Leave a comment

Actions always have consequences. It’s just the way that the world works. That is of course unless you are an irresponsible politician out to acquire power at any price and don’t have one moment to think about reality as glory is your only cause.

John McDonnel’s announcement that Labour is now committed to a four day or 32hour working week sounds wonderful for workers who only hear that they will get a days paid holiday each and every week. Whilst for businesses, it’s the reality that many would go out of business as they would become instantly unsustainable, whilst many of the people such a hair-brained Policy is supposed to win over would simply lose their jobs.

The simple reality that underpins this policy masterstroke is to condemn businesses of all shapes and sizes of having to find the full cost of funding the cost of an additional employee, per existing employee, every week for at least one whole day.

Even with a ten year introductory period, the ridiculousness of the assumptions that underpin this policy cannot be reduced into what Labour clearly thinks is a very simple thing.

No sustainable business can absorb financial implications of this kind without becoming unviable, having to reduce its number of staff, or by increasing costs to such a degree that any benefit to the employees that still had a job at the end of it – through the inevitable accompanying rise in the cost of living – would simply be lost.

The stupidly that underpins such brazen attempts to secure an electoral victory by securing the support of idealists would be laughable, if the outcome of putting these people into power would not be so serious for us all.

Short-termism doesn’t cover this level of ineptitude. It really would just make everything that’s wrong with the economic model we currently have is this country much worse, rather than making it possible for normal people to have a decent life without going into debt – which is what any decent politician would now recognise as being what people really need.

It’s not the money we earn or the days off that we have that will make the difference that we all now need. It’s the political recognition and politicians taking the action required to ensure that the financially poorest in our society face lives that they can actually afford that will bring everything else into check.

To do that our politicians must look the real decisions and actions that they must take in the eye and stop pretending that making easy choices will have no consequences for the people they are supposedly trying to help.

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Welcome to the Labour Party’s land of lost opportunity where nothing more than anger and the lowest common denominator rules

September 23, 2019 Leave a comment

Any of us could fall into the trap of believing that that MPs from different Political Parties cannot be the same.

But they are all driven by the same self-interest, lack of real-world understanding, unbridled lust for power and manifested ineptitude.

All of which leads them to believe that their own narrow view of the world from the confines of the Westminster bubble means they can create whatever policy they like in isolation. That anything they haven’t thought of that connects to it in some way will just go on existing, untouched as before, and very much the same.

The ideas we hear from MPs from different Parties look and sound different. Their implications might appear to be very different too. But the end result or bottom line is that the madness coming from irresponsible people running our lives through government is, has and will continue to affect and hurt all of us – often in ways we cannot imagine – until we actually begin to suffer and experience the pain.

Irrespective of whatever the policy, its aim or the way it is sold to us might be, if it has not been conceived and created on the basis of doing what is right for everyone through its implications and consequences in both the short and longer term, the outcomes from that policy will always end up being wrong

Welcome to the Political world and culture that created Brexit.

That’s decades of poorly made, ill-considered and fundamentally flawed political decision making from politicians and MPs from all sides. The irresponsibility of self-interested glory seekers and careerists that have no respect for the the dynamics of cause and effect, the age of consequences that they have helped to create, nor the way that the relationship between public representative and the public they represent should be.

In these, The death throws of this old politics, the policies of all our Political Parties appear to be becoming more and more bold.

But whilst the Conservatives are trying to out Brexit the Brexiteers and the Lib Dems are planning to erase the whole thing like nobody would respond to it’s loss, it’s The Labour Party that again responds by taking a hammer and sickle to domestic institutions and policy as part of their own polarising attempt to suggest that they are the only Party that exists to benefit everyone.

Whilst education policy in this country is failing many of the young people within our schools, colleges and universities, the impact of that failure is one that has a considerable implications for us all.

Yet any policy that seeks to remove the differences that exist between everyone, just because our lives and circumstances will always be different, will not create a culture where everyone has the opportunity to do as well as they can, no matter how they start out or what they might be given.

Such mindless destruction will just create an experience for everyone that is dumbed-down, without aspiration, motivation or any of the benefits being available to anyone whether rich or poor, that are most often the guiding light that is shared by all.

Socialism’s failure is its inability to recognise there is a capitalist present within us all. The moment it did, Socialism would not exist.

Genuine equality of opportunity will not be created by destroying differences in infrastructure and driving the whole system that nurtures it towards the floor.

Equality of opportunity for all will be delivered by recognising the differences and reasons for reduced access to those opportunities that exist. By working around them with care and consideration for what will really work practically. And without any idealistic thinking that suggests you can simply change rules and then everything will suddenly look and feel the same.

But these Labour politicians and all of those like them don’t worry about what is best for all.

Their paucity of responsible thinking demonstrates a lack of creativity and with it consideration for why they were elected.

They all demonstrate a complete lack of respect for anyone other than themselves and the ideas they think will ultimately give them more of whatever they personally want.

There is no desire, no aim, no motivation amongst any of today’s political class to create a society where policy exists considering quality and experience of life, giving real opportunity for everyone who needs it and with it the opportunity of something better for all.

Labour’s new policy to destroy private schools represents the politics of greed and of envy. Where everyone other than themselves and those they recognise as their own can pay the real price.

These inept MPs are the people who already have more. And more always wants more.

But as usual, it’s all of us outside of their bubble who will bear the burden of the true cost.

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