posted on Oct, 8 2011 @ 06:12 AM
There IS a problem with the economy in the UK. A significant portion of our current troubles wouldnt exist if the rest of Europe wasnt so screwed at
the very same moment, but of the causes and solutions to the trouble we have that is NOT caused by European idiocy , here are some home truths.
Theres nothing wrong with the benifit system , that hasnt been MADE wrong to make the scheme unpopular. Government, wether Labour or Conservative,
have been making it harder for the MAJORITY of people (who are in low paid work, cannot afford thier own home to live in, are at the mercy of crap
councils, awful housing schemes, and deprived circumstances, and generally get on with it regardless because the alternative is the dole, and/or
starvation) to live free of government assistance for years, while blaming the unemployed and low paid as a whole for the money that is being sunk
into thier support.
However, it is not the unemployed, or the lowest paid, who cause the closure of businesses, or who make the corperate level choices that result in
mass market upsets that destabilise banks. These choices, the circumstances in which our nation finds itself financially , are the responsibility of
banks who let thier hubris outweigh thier talent, and the responsibility of a government which unlike every other in Europe, does not support its
nations business institutions.
The purchase of Cadbury's by that awful yank outfit Kraft, should never have been allowed to go ahead. Its bad enough that Cadbury's, a British
brand ICON, will now see the large majority of its revenue pumped into someone elses economy, but they closed a plant that was supposed to be ring
fenced, within months of the purchase going through. This meant a large number of people being made unemployed, which puts a further strain on the
economy, which was already being stretched by the idiocy of banks and government, both of whom seemed and still seem hell bent on wasting our money on
Similarly , when Bombardier (a British supplier of commuter trains) and Siemens (a Europe based company) went for a contract worth 1.4billion pounds,
the government chose Siemens over Bombardier, which , logicaly , is counter to the governments apparant aim of supporting British business. Why not
keep that one point four billion, in the British economy? No other nation in Europe would have even dreamed of allowing that revenue to escape its
borders. To think otherwise is foolish, since you can have a good hard look at procurement for most sectors on the continent and see most nations
keeping what they can in house so to speak, and too right as well. Its the responsible thing to do when looking after a nation .
BAE systems recently closed the doors on one of the oldest aircraft and defense manufacturing sites in the land, making huge numbers of staff
redundant , and taking the guts out of the town in which the plant lay. In the months, and years ahead, if nothing is done to prevent it, the entire
economic structure of that town will decay and collapse, having had eighty percent of its earning power taken out from under it, and the other twenty
percent realising that there is no one to sell anything to now, since all the plant workers have had to move away. It will be a town where the vast
majority will have no source of income within three years, unless something comes in to replace the loss of the BAE site.
None of this would have happened if the Strategic Defense Review , which the government carried out, had not insisted on scrapping the upgrade
program for our Nimrod aircraft, which appart from being a pretty familiar and vital piece of kit for the military, was keeping that plant working.
The real problem in this country , is that the people who make the choices in government have no idea what the consequences of thier actions are
going to be, before they make them. They make all these pontificating speeches, about wanting a fairer nation, a more prosperous nation, and then they
stick a knife into its guts, twist, look the nation in the eyes and smile, and we are supposed to wonder why we are in the crap up to our necks? Along
side that , we have a big business culture that strangles small to medium size businesses to prevent those smaller outfits from providing a decent
level of service, by using thier buying power to price hard working people out of thier aspirations to start, or continue to run a business
themselves. This makes it harder for communities to improve themselves, by centralising all revenue from a certain sector into a small number of big
companies, rather than being spread around several thousand small ones , dotted around the place.