Sunday, 10 January 2010

We'll get what we deserve

It has been said (by whom?) that communities get the leaders they deserve. If this is the case, then out of the bunch presently vying for our votes, who will we deserve? The campaigning has started but precious few concrete details are available about policies. It is obvious that spending cuts are going to be necessary. Today we hear from David Cameron that the Tories will cut harder and faster than Labour. But with no details given of where the Tory axe will fall. No doubt we'll find out before the election, the most likely date for which seems to be May 6th.

Key issues for me today are:
* Regulating the financial sector so that their activities are more focussed on common interests.
* Removing tax havens so that companies and the rich pay their fair share of taxes. I think it's absolutely shameful that Britain has so many of these tax havens under it's control and does nothing about them.
* Using the Tobin Tax approach to tax financial transactions.
* Bringing 'public' utilities back under public control.
* Removing education fees.
* Maintaining NHS and school spending.
* Introducing financial incentives for those producing energy saving measures.

That's my list for today but it's not all-inclusive and I'll be adding more as time goes by.

Weatherwise? Still cold and snowy. A morning chopping logs and stocking up. Roads still iced up and we can't get out of our lane.

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