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Ron Paul on sovereign debt

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Liberal Democrats should think carefully about continuing the life of the current government and their own fiscal and EU policies.

European Socialism and the entitlement culture which has ran out of money.

A little simplistic perhaps, Thatcherite clear thinking maybe? The debt needs to be paid down fast! The spending needs to be reigned back now! Taxes may need to rise, the medicine will not be sugar coated.

Our three political parties argued a whole load of nonsense during the election campaign as Gordon Brown dragged both the Tories and the Lib-Dems onto his chosen battleground the “cuts vs investment” theme. Yet with one man wanting to scare the living daylights out of the electorate about the size of threatened Tory cuts (and he succeeded to some extent), and two not wanting to frighten voters away, we ended up with very little clarity or honesty about the size of the debt problem here. All three parties were arguing over a narrow range of expenditure figures that covered the £8bn to £14bn worth of identified “cuts”.

The IFS stated just a few days before the election that not a single party was being clear or honest about the scale of expenditure reduction that would be need to reduce the budget deficit by half within the next five years, of course it is easy to make a statement like this about two parties which have no access to the real time up to date figures, we rely on the governing party to give us the data. Leading economists are agreed that cuts in UK government spending of at least £50bn are required in the next financial year to have any real impact on the markets, and with currency turmoil likely to reappear in Europe a solid financial basis here would help to protect the pound. £50bn of cuts in one year!

Do you realise that (taking into account price inflation) this would scale back public spending to the levels that we last saw in 2007-08, and wasn’t that a very austere year!

That’s right, they were scared of talking about spending cuts that would have sent us back two whole years!

If the Liberal Democrats want to get into government by forming a coalition or agreement with either of the other two parties, they have to ask themselves if Nick Clegg and “low voltage” Cable really do understand the depth of our £1.5 trillion debt crisis, and would they be capable of going along with cuts at a rate much higher than was talked about during the election, or would they prefer to stick with the spendthrift Mr. Brown who has helped to stoke the debt crisis with his increased borrowings?

Choices , choices lads.

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Written by curly

May 10, 2010 at 9:02 pm

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  1. Curly, if you believe that “our 3 main political parties argued a whole load of nonsense during the election” why were you out campaigning on behalf of one of these parties the Conservative Party?

    As for this Ron Paul Republican Senator from Texas bloke he looks like he is still fighting the Southern cause even though Lee Surrendered to Grant in 1865.


    May 11, 2010 at 12:04 am

    • For the same reason you campaigned for Labour, because we both believe in a certain way of politics, I just hope that this morning that your lifelong confidence in our democratic system has been shattered by the events of yesterday evening. I now firmly believe it may be better for the Conservatives to spurn the chance of forming a government and stay in opposition to allow a coalition of the losers to wreak their own destruction – “in the national interest” of course.


      May 11, 2010 at 8:22 am

  2. Well, I think events have overtaken us in terms of the British scene but this Ron Paul…

    I am unable to get my head around someone from an American Southern state who is quite happy to take the Yankee dollar but in the year 2010 still seems bitter about having a Federalist government.

    Ron Paul, your side lost the civil war/the war between the states. Get over it.


    May 11, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    • Paul does carry a quite simplistic economic message based on sound money, but some of his pronouncements have been quite “protectionist” which doesn’t sit easily with me. However the basic arguments have a lot of merit with many reminders of “Reaganomics”.


      May 12, 2010 at 8:22 am

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