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Why is it that Governments always seem to have magic money trees available to harvest, when there is the chance of a General Election in the near future ?

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-49872190

 

£25 billion to spend on roads. 40 new Hospitals announced recently (mostly in marginal constituencies), higher increase in state pension next year etc. 

 

Opposition parties often make similar promises and Governments shout loudly about how making these unaffordable commitments, will just increase the national debt etc.

 

Do parties in Government believe voters are stupid ?


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33 minutes ago, unclebulgaria67 said:

Do parties in Government believe voters are stupid ?

 

Errrr.....


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Do Parties think voters are stupid? err yes,  They will promise the moon and stars, but won't announce the exiting new taxes they will have to impose to try to balance the books midway through a term of office.  Actually the Parties are now part of the problem, and don't properly represent those who support them.  They rely on Vote like granddad in many seats, which is where Safe Seats come from.  It used to be put a monkey up with a red rosette in Stoke on Trent, and the monkey was automatically elected.

 

Take Brexit, the Parties all misunderstand EU law, and present Brexit as an Event.  Its not it's a Process, and the whole debate is skewed on a bed of misinformation, lies and lack of knowledge.  Article 50 is EU law, the Supreme Court is subordinate to EU Law, therefore the Benn Act has no influence on the EU, and the Supreme Court can only use it against UK politicians.  If the EU decides not to grant the extension or other stuff the PM is compelled to ask for, then NO Deal will be the result no ifs buts maybe's. No UK court, Gina Miller, uncle Tom Cobley, and all can compel the EU to do squat.

 

 


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I don't think at least half of voters are stupid enough to believe any Government announcement or any political party spending pledge.

 

Sad state of affairs when there is very little trust ! And it is not just politics, but Banks, Insurance companies, Energy companies etc.

 

Is there any organistation most members of the public trust ?  

 

Is this because Social Media and modern technology allows for iquestioning/challenging, fact checking and accountability to be performed quickly ?

 

 


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Probably so UB, genie is out of the bottle, expect draconian control measures on information flow in the future.  The Politicians have been caught out by modern communications, they will find it difficult to prevent information leaking going forward whatever they do.


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It has been proved over and over again that the electorate dont vote in a govt/party that tells the truth, they always go for the lies that offer the biggest supposed benefit so promise tax cuts, free beer or wahtever and people will go for it even if they arent the ones who would benefit.

Apply logic and even the most innocuous of pledges unravel so plant 30/60 million trees a year? where? at what cost to both the public purse and the landowner. For example plant 100 hactares of trees and a farmer would lose £40+ million potential income from growing crops before they reached any size where they could make a return and who currently which nursery  has 300 million saplings in stock. The loss of food production also means that somewhere in the world another 500 people will have to starve to death as a result but as an abstract "we must be seen to be doing something" pledge it is great.

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I do think Political parties should have their costed manifestos put through the same checking process. And then independent reports can be published, so voters are informed.

 

And proportional representation would mostly stop majority Governments being formed, where they can do as they wish.  Of course this would mean manifestos are subject to negotiation between parties and having to compromise. 

 

UK election processes tend to favour current Government parties, as they have up to date Treasury information.

 

 

 

 


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