I am not sure whether David Cameron’s complaint to Oxfordshire County Council about the services they plan to cut reflects arrogance or stupidity – perhaps it’s both.
He should be aware that his own government’s policies over the last five years have led to this pass. Local government has already cut the fat by reducing back office staff, working with other authorities and selling property. Any further spending cuts will inevitably cut real services – in our case in Norfolk this will put at risk (at a minimum) libraries, the fire service, adult social care and recycling. It’s not as though there is any need to reduce the deficit in the timetable set out. Britain is not Greece – our debt profile doesn’t pose any significant risk to our finances. And the Government is wilfully increasing our debt in a wholly artificial manner by redefining what public debt actually is. They have so regulated housing associations that their debt has recently been defined as public debt, increasing the debt burden by £60 billion. They didn’t have to do this – it is simply an ideological move in their war on things that contribute to the public good. Even some Tory MPs are realising that things are going too far, as the growing revolt over tax credits shows. Note also that little has been said by them about private debt, which dwarfs public debt. If you think this looks bad now, you ain’t seen nothing yet!
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