Tuesday, 25 May 2010
Rugby's Jobs and Services under threat from CON/DEM Government
Their is an alternative to the slash and burn policies of the main parties in respect of public services and this is by dealing with inequalities in society whereby the very richest in the UK pay proportionally the least tax - unfortunately this alternative was never given a real airing, so watching the debates on TV was akin to a competition amongst Brown, Cameroon and Clegg about who could disguise their cuts agenda the most – for the record Labour wants to cut £47bn, The Lib Dems £51bn and the Tories £57bn.
Like many people, the Green Party was hoping for a situation where no party was in majority, so preventing the excesses of either parties being allowed to prevail. Unfortunately the Lib Dems have managed to create a situation where the self interest of a few politicians have outweighed the interests of millions of people dependent on public services by going into coalition with the Tories
When Jerry Roodhouse ex Lib Dem Candidate for Rugby, talks (as he did in the local papers last week) about defending protecting public services such as fire stations, nursery schools etc or fresh politics, the truth is that his party has not so much broken the mould of British politics but instead has given it a protective coating.
Our community in Rugby faces over the next few years, massive cuts in public services and resultant mass unemployment - St Cross could go, Fire Stations will be closed, Schools will be closed and our sick and elderly people will be left unsupported – no doubt Mr Roodhouse and other local politicians will be wringing their hands in despair.
Clegg has even conceded the idea of electoral reform, with the proposed system of Alternative Votes (AV) little better than the existing system – because of the way it works in favour of the 3 main established parties.
The Green Party has already seen an influx of ex Liberal Democrat members and voters because of their dismay of the actions of their party leaders – not least spending £100bn on replacing the Trident nuclear weapon – no doubt others will follow as the Lib Dems become more encased in Government with the Tories and separate from the reality of life for most people in the UK.