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PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2008 9:14 pm 
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the country's like a rudderless ship, well, has been for a while. I wouldn't vote for anyone at the moment. worrying thing is you can't see an end to it either. crime, nhs, pensions, going into a recession by the looks of it. Personally i think we are starting to pay back the massive costs for the....ahem, war on terror, one big massive mistake that nobody wanted but the american and british goverments, and look whats happening to both countrys.


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All the girls who work on the retail side where i work are on minimum wage so i presume the rise they just got off the goverment will now be taken back by the goverment?? All this talk of class reminds me of something.



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just because I'm feeling mischievous :roll: ... The abolition of the 10p rate will affect those without children. You breeders have it soooo easy :wink:

Don't agree with 10p rate going as think it signaled very clearly that labour was still about social justice. Sad day when labour continued to woo 'middle England' over the people who do the low paid work we need done. In part its the changing face of those who represent us in parliament - with few exceptions. How I miss dennis skinner, tam dyell and tony benn. I cried when i heard eric heffer died. Never thought I'd read Roy hattersley to find him left wing in comparison to this bunch of self serving egotist!

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The Labour Party is a disgrace, Blair and his lackeys took for granted all of the people who kept voting Labour in the hope that the rank evil of Thatcherism would one day be destroyed. What of course we got was Blair finishing the job Thatcher started and Major didn't have the majority to continue.

In all of this I have clung to what I have taken as genuine attempts to alleviate poverty (sop more like) and to raise standards of living among those on low wages. So 10p tax rate and minimum wage have shone a little amidst the gloss, the war mongering and the scramble for multiple homes and photos with the rich and famous. This has come at the expense of a lot of patronising about diet, alcohol and cigarettes and the belief among these immunised MPs that it is ok to laugh at the problems that the destruction of industry has caused and that somehow the only useful thing they can do is rattle on about crime.

When there was industry in this country there were proper jobs with real money and that had a knock on influence on the rest of the economy and also on the standards of behaviour in communities. What's come in its wake has been service industry jobs that are poorly paid and where pride and job satisfaction are replaced with humiliation and lack od security.

MPs are panicking because they'll lose their seats. What they should be doing is arguing like fury and doing things for the people who always voted Labour (Torys always look after their own, but Labour pander to the rich as well). Of course many of those who always voted Labour don't bother to vote now or in some cases have turned to the BNP. With Labour's record in dealing with poverty, housing, education in the community and for the community not for elitist business, doesn't really address the needs of the people who have always voted Labour.

I believe that voting should be compulsory, yeah spoil the paper but at least turn out. That might seem extreme but I see it as a tribute to those who lost their lives, their livelihoods and the right to live in this country for the sake of a vote. We take voting for granted in this country but look at those countries who have queues when they win the chance to vote for the first time. It does matter. It is easy to be cynical and I am that very man and find it harder to vote for anyone, rather I am voting against the worst. The differences are minimal now but to allow voting to return to the province of the rich elite again is something we should guard against.

My solution for finding the extra money that's needed to make up the difference in the budget and stop the damage of changing the tax rate is to place an additional tax on City bonuses, to increase the Council Tax on multiple home owners and to make it financially unrewarding to "by to let" thus artificially pushing up the housing market prices and turning the issue of having a roof over your head which should be a basic right in a rich country as a means for exploitation.

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