Whatever your political views, if you are interested in an outstanding review of the economic, social and political choices open to the UK, I recommend this document as a MUST READ.
For me, this document should be a blueprint for evaluation of the political choices ahead of the next election.
I would also like to see the main-stream media using this document as a basis to challenge the political classes both ahead and after the next election.
The document will take a couple of hours to speed read.
I read the document yesterday and its wise counsel is still challenging my imagination.
After twenty-four hours, without notes, here a few themes that I believe are critical:
- George Osborne‘s trajectory of austerity beyond the next election, is not sustainable without accepting a permanently reduced Public Sector; so the options of higher taxation or less aggressive austerity look increasingly probable
- Similarly, the trajectory of ring-fencing the likes of Health, Education and Foreign-Aid is is savaging the rest of the Public Sector; it would perhaps be wise for a future Government to remove the ring-fencing
- I was surprised at the combined weighting of the Health and Welfare budgets, which tend to marginalize the rest of Government
- For me, there is still enormous opportunity for an effective strategic review and radical reform of both Health and Welfare
- I was shocked, but not entirely surprised ,at the outlook for Local Government. The trajectory of austerity means that many Local Authorities will be confined to Social Care and clearing the refuse; I fully endorse the viewpoint that strategic change is required to this sector with enormous consolidation
- Finally, I very much endorse the viewpoint that there would be a huge economic cost if the UK were to leave the EU
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- Fabian Society ” Three things that really matter to teachers (educationechochamber.wordpress.com)
- Wolves In Sheep’s Clothing: How the Public Was Duped into Socialism (But Got Totalitarianism) (thedailysheeple.com)
- Labour ‘could cut more’ from welfare (bbc.co.uk)
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- Some thoughts on my top twelve blogs out of 2,000+ since Feb 2011? (dralfoldman.com)
- Labour could boost spending by £20bn, say Fabians (theguardian.com)
- Opinion: Fabian Society – 2030 Vision (dralfoldman.com)