Speaking about public sector cuts is all well and good, but up until now it's been big-state spending thats been for the chop. However, the government have missed a trick: what about the amount of waste that goes on in local government?
Its all well and good cutting central funding, but what happens of council tax goes up to make up the shortfall?
Some legislation needs to be put in place to prevent this sort of action. I've had enough of councils funding one-armed lesbian refuges. Right now public sector spending should be concentrated on absolute essentials: the things we can't live without. and nothing else. I'm sick and tired of these wastes of money. I've said it before and I'll say it again: I used to live in an area of Lancashire with a large Eastern European immigrant population: refugees from Hitler and Stalin. People who fought against such tyrrany alongside our own troops. Did they demand community centres to sustain their ethinc identity paid for out of the public purse? No, they didn't. They got together and paid for it themselves.
Thats the way councils and central government alike should be operating: essential, front-line services should be ring-fenced, but the dross, the non-essentials, the services that should and could be paid for by local voluntary subscription should be cast aside.
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