For the first time in years I am better off. I often wait for the BBC to produce their budget calculator to see if you would be better or worse off with the budget.
Now for those who do not follow British politics, then yesterday we had our budget and while the sticking point will be the so called tax increase for pensioners which is actually a tax freeze, meaning their allowance will no longer grow year on year then for the first time I am better off. Even under labour I was never better off come the budget. While I am not a Tory boy I am one of the few people who don’t care that the Lib Dems got into bed with the Conservative party and lets face it looking at ‘History’ the Tories have always pulled the UK out of recession and helped the country grow after Labour have trod it into the ground. The Lib Dems found a deal with the Tories who seemed willing to compromise unlike the Labour party that walked away from negotiating table to form a government when the results of the election showed a hung parliament.
Now to say I agree with all polices would not be true, but I feel they are doing the best job with the budget as to me at the moment seems fair and the best option. I feel that some people need to read beyond the headlines and topic headlines before they start to have a go. If anyone had bothered to read the Lib Dems manifesto then maybe they would be completely surprised at some of the actions the government have taken. As a lot of people see Lib Dem as too mean “Socialist” but thats Labour. The Liberal Democrat party has grown from a very conservative background over the last hundred years and while it gave us the state pension it has voted against several other social reform bills.
Oh well now that I have made myself seem like a tory boy I suppose I better go and hang my head in shame. But the overall point is that for the first time in ten years I am actually better off, and not just by £4.80 , no I’m talking about over £400.00 a year. Now I very much doubt labour would have done that for me.
Right this is really simple, all you have to do is place a X next to Yes or No, but being that 60% of the voting population can’t do that on General Election day, why would I expect people to get off their bums and vote for something that could and is going to change the political system.
The referendum on May 5th could see the biggest political shake up in over a 100 years, and it is your chance to have a say. For all those people who moan about my vote makes no difference, then AV would make your vote count, all be it in the 2nd or 3rd rounds in some areas.
I am not going to bang on about how AV works. It’s really quite simple and I have posted some youtube video to explain for those people (Newsreader and T.V Makers) who still are not be clear on it.
I was quite shocked when at work we were talking about the vote, and some one guessed that I would be voting NO. I am part of the YES campagne, I am in fact wanting to see a large turn around in the way our country is run.
I don’t want to tell you to vote Yes or No, but I am telling you to go and vote. It could make Macclesfield a labour strong hold as the 30% share that the Tories have held for the last 30 years would show that Macclesfield does not want the Conservatives representing them in the house. And do remember that about our system, we are voting for a candidate to represent your town, you do not vote for who governs the country, it just so happens that the party with the most seats are asked to form a government. So for all those people who voted labour who said that they wasted there vote as the Tories are in power, I ask you to look at your MP and if his the one you voted for you didn’t waste your vote. It’s how our system has worked. Remember the King ruled the country, and people would stand to represent local issues in London. This is still the case, it is the King or Queen who asks the party with the majority to form his or hers government. But now they no longer advise, they rule.
I have already voted and sent it off, I know what the result will be, but I am hoping that the “I’s” will have it. (Nice little political pun/joke)