Public have lost patience with Stormont Fantasyland

“Ah, but the IMF says the UK’s current level of debt is sustainable, so there!”

No one is pledging to close the debt; the issue is the UK also runs a deficit, i.e. the amount the debt increases by each year – meaning that debt increases every year. It cannot do that forever for the quite obvious reason that if it does, no one will lend it money. That is, after all, what has happened to Greece…

(Oh, and just because it is “sustainable” does not make it a good thing. The UK already spends more on debt interest than on schools. It already borrows at a rate far higher than, say, Ireland’s – because Ireland has already closed the deficit. By the way, no one does “austerity” for a laugh – there is actually a purpose; and, to demonstrate the value of that purpose, Ireland can now effectively buy public services more cheaply than the UK.)

What are we doing about it? The most generous concessionary fares scheme in the UK, restoration of funding for flute bands, capped rates for people living in mansions… and that’s before we get anywhere near discussing breaching parity to fund phantom welfare systems and build fantasy expressways…

For all the Special Advisers on £90k, the massed ranks of press officers, and even the lovely fact-finding trips to America… no one in the lead parties and upper levels of bureaucracy at Stormont has the faintest notion, have they?

All that money, and still clueless. It’s shameful. And they needn’t think the public hasn’t noticed.

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2 thoughts on “Public have lost patience with Stormont Fantasyland

  1. No one believes that 1/50th of the United Kingdom population wise can’t have some reasonable provisions for what Stormont House was supposed to address.

    * Implementing a full change of administrative benefit changes – Universal Credit and Personal Independence Payments.

    * Protecting the MOST vulnerable in the long term (Yes there will be some vulnerable losers, and policy changes need to address that)

    * A plan to deal with the transition between two levels of benefit cuts: pre-election (Stormont House) and post-election (a Stormont House II)

    * Top up Fund details – the Made in Northern Ireland solutions to the Bedroom Tax and other problems.

    * Job creation strategies.

    If dictacts go and a schedule for implementing the five measures and issues that I mentioned above I think a consensus to pass Stormont House will be passed.

  2. *No one believes that 1/50th of the United Kingdom population wise can’t have some reasonable provisions for what Stormont House was supposed to address … (would bankrupt the United Kingdom in doing so)

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