Whilst official figures show that the economic depression has ended, we need to be mindful of what the headlines have not mentioned – much damage has been done by the government’s austerity measures, such as the cuts and closures to our public services, and the wasteful and costly privatisations. The economic downturn may be temporary but it seems that the cuts and the consequences are permanent.
Growing poverty reflects a large-scale economic failure, regardless of the pitifully thin distillation of Tory evidence of “recovery” and “growth” which is mostly localised to a handful of millionaires. Poverty is about the loss of much more than money. Poverty entails indignity and humiliation and exclusion. For a so-called first world democracy to treat its most vulnerable citizens so callously ought to be a source of utter shame. Austerity is an attempt to disguise the fact that the Tories are not “paying down the debt” as claimed:…
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“Recession is in the eye of the beholder” Nick Lonsdale Sunday27th July 2014 7.45 am
Mike Sivier said:
That is probably true – the more money you have, and the better your ability to make it, the less likely you are to see that a recession is taking place.
Simon Lee Mountford said:
Mr Osborne and the rest of the conservative party crones have not a clue about what there austerity program is doing its strangling the rest of the economy, Because the people at the top in the conservative party only look after the top five percent so what happens to the rest of society. Your party always promises the earth but in reality there is nothing happening,its just another way of squeezing the poor. We in minority groups stand no chance under the austerity program that the conservative have put into place, and it is causing society at a whole to break down were different origins are looking in there own groups so you wonder why there is not so much integration.This will come to fruition one day were people will have no choice but to take to the streets to protest in a way to get there point across, why does it have to go this way because the government don’t want to listen to your concerns
Ian Doyle at ntlworld said:
Hmmm … could be a general problem; got the same trying to follow the “Alexander says 300k more houses per year” item from VP, Politics UK & straight from FB. I’ll keep an eye on it.