It has been a busy time for our dear Prime Minister, in the last fortnight alone he has attended the G20 summit, spoken out in favour of non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, stated that he wants to reduce the time spent waiting to see a specialist by cancer patients, stated that he wants to increase spending on policing anti-social behaviour, and inspired his party at their annual conference. Isn't that his job? Isn't he supposed to inspire the nation?
Yes he is supposed to inspire us, yes he is supposed to lead us to a better future, yes he is supposed to make things better for Britons in general. But I ask is this all possible? One of the other things Mr Brown did this past fortnight was to propose enshrining the Government's commitment to reduce the deficit and the national debt into law. The national debt currently stands at £804 Billion, which is one third of the entire annual operating budget of the United States. The Government's monthly deficit currently stands at £16 Billion, which amounts to nearly £90 Billion annually.
So isn't reducing that burden a good thing? Yes, it is a good thing but can how does the government plan to increase spending and reduce the deficit at the same time? This can only mean one thing...........tax hikes. But wait a minute, we are heading into an election year, this is a time where all parties at the table traditionally propose tax cuts. Why do they do this? Simple, tax cuts get votes, whichever party proposes the most attractive tax proposal gets the most votes. So what gives? Something has got to!
The British Public is still recovering from one of the widest reaching scandals in political history, they are recovering from the worst economic crisis since The Great Depression, Jobs are few and far between, those that are paying taxes are still struggling to pay the bills and keep roofs over their children's heads, and on top of all that there are threats of strikes from the fire service, the postal workers are already out on strikes, many more are voting on strike action. Now is not a time to be relying on the ignorance of the voting public. It may be that Prime Minister Brown has borrowed his pal George Bush's copy of the Republican party handbook.
Self evident by the recent health care debate across the pond, rule number one is "If you can't get votes, LIE LIE LIE". In recent months we saw this mantra in practice with politicians such as Chuck Grassley and even our very own Daniel Hannan MEP wading in on attacking the NHS. They made it appear to the American people that bodies were piling up in the streets of London, which of course they aren't.
So what is the deal? Is Gordon Brown going to propose tax cuts yet again in the coming election year? Or will they propose tax increases to pay for their ambitious spending plan? Then there is the debt reduction plan which is ambitious to say the least and threatens the sovereignty of future parliaments, it enshrines into law the commitment to reduce the debt. There are few Acts of Parliament that limit the powers of future incarnations of Parliament, the most recent being The European Communities Act 1972. This was the act that entered us into the European Union, it states that all UK statutes shall be compatible with EU Law, this means that future parliaments must factor in EU Law when legislating. The fact that the act threatens the doctrine of Parliamentary Sovereignty is not the problem.
So What is? Well the problem is paying for it! If Prime Minister Brown thinks he can achieve all this spending and cut taxes, bring it on! I'm no economist but I say "Who do you think you are kidding Mr Brown?"
Crossposted at Capitol Beat