Honesty needed

First published in Letters by

JUST how often are we expected to put up with the likes of Lib-Dem councillors Ayres, Reid and Orrell and other members of the rump group on City of York Council pretending that the cuts in which the Lib-Dems are complicit in Government are nothing to do with them?

And given his Tory-led Coalition Government’s savage cuts to our council funding, when is Coun Gillies going to accept responsibility for the inevitable adverse impact on frontline services, instead of pretending it’s nothing to do with him?

Some honesty from the opposition groups would be refreshing.

Coun Sandy Fraser (Labour), Micklegate Ward, Millfield Road, York.

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2:44pm Sat 9 Feb 13

Scarlet Pimpernel says...

Honesty ? That's rich coming from Comrade Fraser, who's Labour party are unfamiliar with this concept. They are the biggest bunch of deniers and liars.

Ask yourself this Sandy - who caused the problem that lead to the cuts ?

Let me give you a clue - they were in power for 13 years, spent all the money, and ran up the largest structural deficit since the war !
Honesty ? That's rich coming from Comrade Fraser, who's Labour party are unfamiliar with this concept. They are the biggest bunch of deniers and liars. Ask yourself this Sandy - who caused the problem that lead to the cuts ? Let me give you a clue - they were in power for 13 years, spent all the money, and ran up the largest structural deficit since the war ! Scarlet Pimpernel
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3:23pm Sat 9 Feb 13

perplexed says...

Same old record! Of course Labour have to answer for their mistakes in Government as will the Coalition.

A budget deficit occurs when government spending is greater than tax revenues. Therefore the government has to make up the shortfall by borrowing from the private sector.

The UK budget deficit is currently measured by public sector net borrowing (PSNB).

A budget surplus occurs when tax revenue is greater than government spending. This occurred in 1988 and in 2000.

In 2011/12 UK public sector net borrowing was £119.3 billion (roughly 9% of GDP). Net borrowing reached a peak in 2009/10 with £167.4bn. This was due to:

1) The financial crisis which led to falling tax revenues
2) Expansionary fiscal policy including VAT cut
3) Long term spending commitments, e.g. government spending .


The Coalition sought to reduce the budget deficit through increasing taxes and cutting government spending. However, policies to reduce the deficit have arguably contributed to a double dip recession and possibly triple dip recession.

The danger with Hs2 and other projects is that the Government by investing in infrastructure, will bring about higher borrowing and even a greater a structural deficit for the country, the very charge laid at the door of Labour !

Let us hope Cameron's promised house extensions policy will help kickstart the economy!
Same old record! Of course Labour have to answer for their mistakes in Government as will the Coalition. A budget deficit occurs when government spending is greater than tax revenues. Therefore the government has to make up the shortfall by borrowing from the private sector. The UK budget deficit is currently measured by public sector net borrowing (PSNB). A budget surplus occurs when tax revenue is greater than government spending. This occurred in 1988 and in 2000. In 2011/12 UK public sector net borrowing was £119.3 billion (roughly 9% of GDP). Net borrowing reached a peak in 2009/10 with £167.4bn. This was due to: 1) The financial crisis which led to falling tax revenues 2) Expansionary fiscal policy including VAT cut 3) Long term spending commitments, e.g. government spending . The Coalition sought to reduce the budget deficit through increasing taxes and cutting government spending. However, policies to reduce the deficit have arguably contributed to a double dip recession and possibly triple dip recession. The danger with Hs2 and other projects is that the Government by investing in infrastructure, will bring about higher borrowing and even a greater a structural deficit for the country, the very charge laid at the door of Labour ! Let us hope Cameron's promised house extensions policy will help kickstart the economy! perplexed
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9:44pm Sat 9 Feb 13

Scarlet Pimpernel says...

perplexed wrote:
Same old record! Of course Labour have to answer for their mistakes in Government as will the Coalition.

A budget deficit occurs when government spending is greater than tax revenues. Therefore the government has to make up the shortfall by borrowing from the private sector.

The UK budget deficit is currently measured by public sector net borrowing (PSNB).

A budget surplus occurs when tax revenue is greater than government spending. This occurred in 1988 and in 2000.

In 2011/12 UK public sector net borrowing was £119.3 billion (roughly 9% of GDP). Net borrowing reached a peak in 2009/10 with £167.4bn. This was due to:

1) The financial crisis which led to falling tax revenues
2) Expansionary fiscal policy including VAT cut
3) Long term spending commitments, e.g. government spending .


The Coalition sought to reduce the budget deficit through increasing taxes and cutting government spending. However, policies to reduce the deficit have arguably contributed to a double dip recession and possibly triple dip recession.

The danger with Hs2 and other projects is that the Government by investing in infrastructure, will bring about higher borrowing and even a greater a structural deficit for the country, the very charge laid at the door of Labour !

Let us hope Cameron's promised house extensions policy will help kickstart the economy!
Yes, let's hope so, as York Council's Get York Building 'interventions' certainly won't !!!
[quote][p][bold]perplexed[/bold] wrote: Same old record! Of course Labour have to answer for their mistakes in Government as will the Coalition. A budget deficit occurs when government spending is greater than tax revenues. Therefore the government has to make up the shortfall by borrowing from the private sector. The UK budget deficit is currently measured by public sector net borrowing (PSNB). A budget surplus occurs when tax revenue is greater than government spending. This occurred in 1988 and in 2000. In 2011/12 UK public sector net borrowing was £119.3 billion (roughly 9% of GDP). Net borrowing reached a peak in 2009/10 with £167.4bn. This was due to: 1) The financial crisis which led to falling tax revenues 2) Expansionary fiscal policy including VAT cut 3) Long term spending commitments, e.g. government spending . The Coalition sought to reduce the budget deficit through increasing taxes and cutting government spending. However, policies to reduce the deficit have arguably contributed to a double dip recession and possibly triple dip recession. The danger with Hs2 and other projects is that the Government by investing in infrastructure, will bring about higher borrowing and even a greater a structural deficit for the country, the very charge laid at the door of Labour ! Let us hope Cameron's promised house extensions policy will help kickstart the economy![/p][/quote]Yes, let's hope so, as York Council's Get York Building 'interventions' certainly won't !!! Scarlet Pimpernel
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