POLITICS: Variety of promises by parties

The last three weeks have been extremely interesting from a citizen’s point of view as our political parties made offers to us at their conferences to collect our votes.

First, we had the Labour Party, who promised us more spending on the welfare front. They totally forgot the economy, assuming, one felt, that fairies would provide the cash.

The next week, the Conservatives promised to safeguard the National Health Service, finish sorting out the economy, paying the debt in the next session, raise the minimum wage and the personal allowance to £12,500 by 2017 and raise the tax level of 50 per cent from £41,000 to £50,000 by 2020.

The result was that they were promptly accused of giving to the rich although the level of earnings they talked about was equivalent of sergeant majors and lieutenants in the forces, a level of pay £30,000 less per annum than the present salary of MPs, which is £85,000 which they say is too little for the cost of living.

Then we had the Liberal Democrats, who promised to tax the rich more. We have had several speeches from the Liberals in the past on welfare payments for the elderly in homes where they clearly think the rich are those who have total assets of £25,000, and anyone with more than that should lose their winter allowance or the free television and prescription charges.

It amazes me that the people at the top in Westminster have failed to learn that the rich nowadays have multi-millions not assets of one million.

Also, I gather that the Liberals proposed to increase the taxes of businesses, despite the words of Digby Jones two weeks ago reminding the country that unless businesses are successful there is no money in people’s pockets for the Government to tax.

It is a fact of life, the Government has NO money – it belongs to us, the taxpayers of Britain.

Three times in my 81 years of life, the Labour Party has overspent and messed up the living standards of our nation.

First, after the war, we had in 1951 the last biggest turnout for the elections as we were so fed up with shortages and rationing.

Then again, the ’70s saw an overspend which ended in a war from the unions in 1979, when my mother had to beat her way through angry picket lines into St Thomas’s Hospital to get the radiotherapy treatment for the cancer she had.

Then the financial explosion in 2007.

Every time it has taken two sessions of Parliament to correct the economy so it is not surprising the Conservatives still have more to do to get things straight.

It seems to me that the major sins of the people seeking election are greed and envy.

Greed to get the most they can from the system and envy, particularly from the Liberals and socialists, of the people who succeed and on whom the economy depends.

Anne Wrangham

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