Saturday, 23 October 2010

We're all in this together

Does George Osbourne write his speeches after watching High School Musical.

We're all in this together
Once we know
That we are
We're all stars
And we see that
We're all in this together
And it shows
When we stand
Hand in hand
Make our dreams come true

"We're all in this together", but some are more in it than others.

Green Party leader Caroline Lucas MP has called George Osborne’s comprehensive spending review a “budget to destroy a million jobs”.

David Blanchflower calls the cuts a 'suicidal austerity programme'.

Yes the deficit is a problem, but the cuts hit the the most vulnerable hardest. And what about all the money we gave to the banks? Get that back and the deficit is nearly gone. It says a lot about the ConDems that they don't even mention it as an option. It says that these cuts are all about what they really want to do, cut spending on services; the talk about the deficit is an excuse.

ConDems love to talk about benefit scroungers, but what about MPs and Peers who broke the rules on expenses? I don't see any of them in prison. Expenses peers face Lords suspension, they should have their peerages removed and the worst sent behind bars. They got barely a slapped wrist. Orwells predictions have come true, its one rule for the powerful, a much harsher one for the rest of us.

And tax avoiders, rather than going after them, are given jobs!

The sad thing is that in many ways we are all in this together, we live on one planet that we are polluting; it has limited resources that we are wasting. So we need to improve efficiency, stop wasting energy. The best way to do this is invest in insulating our buildings, subsidise renewables that will not run out by increasing tax on fossil fuel. Invest in efficient transport, bus and train is better than car and plane. Sustainability is not about keeping going as we are for a couple of years, but changing the way we live for future generations.

Sustainable Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. This is from the Bruntland Report for the World Commission on Environment and Development (1992)

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