Friday, November 28, 2008

Looking on the bright side

The fact that Tories remain gloriously out of touch with reality was demonstrated by Andrew Lansley this week

Interestingly on many counts, recession can be good for us. People tend to smoke less, drink less alcohol, eat less rich food and spend time at home with their families

who clearly has never been unemployed in his life. I spent a little while unemployed under the last Tory government - both in the recession of the early 90s and then a short period during the mid 90s and I can tell you that it wasn't good for me or the family. Being unemployed isn't about having quality time with the kids, but rather more about worrying how to keep a roof over your head and that stress destroys family relationships. Ask anyone who works in the poorer areas of Birmingham and they'll tell you that those families suffer far more health problems and generally have a poorer diet.

Recession and poverty shortens lives.

Edward Leigh, a member of the Tombstone Group of the Conservative Party, also has a blog and he believes that the VAT cut is wrong
How will it help the poor to give them a few pence more off consumer items they don’t need?

That's kind of the point, Ed.

Meanwhile, on Question Time, one of Osborne's lines of opposition to the VAT tax cut was that it might inconvenience shop keepers who would have to change their prices. That didn't seem to stop the retailers who have been advertising this week that they were discounting their products early so that we could feel the benefit of the tax change this week rather than wait until the start of the month.

But don't worry, good gentlefolk. Cameron has a secret weapon. He's been taking advice from Geoffrey Howe, Norman Lamont and Nigel Lawson, according to Hopi Sen. Oh. Dear. God. Is the Tory economic cupboard really so bare that he has to rely on those three. I know that Osborne is economically incompetent and unfit to run the proverbial whelk stall, so compared to him, any of those three look like Maynard Keynes, but really? Back to the 80s?

Ah well, another YouTube video - from RecessMonkey and tipped by Bob (along with some of the other stories up there)


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