ReferenDUM singular. You're the only person in the world who insists on using it for both one vote and multiple. Yes I've said it before and I'll probably say it again.
Would be lovely to not listen to a word the IEA and other think tanks say considering they refuse to publically share who funds them, those that pretend to do "European Research", "Economic Affairs" or similar, and especially any of those based in Tufton street.
My opinion is that they should all be forceably disbanded or at the very minimum forced to show who funds them. The press (BBC) needs to stop inviting them onto any political shows as a counter. We have no idea who they are, why they hold the opinions they do, what gives them that opinion.
It's incredibly dodgy and damaging.
1/ OECD and others have all come to the same conclusion that Brexit up until 2020% has reduced UK GDP by around 3%, compared to what it would have been if it stayed in the EU. Cost per household is 2200 GBP.https://www.oecd.org/economy/the-econom ... cision.htm
Longer term they are expecting a reduction of GDP of about 5% (to 2030)
Ignoring Covid and Ukraine you cannot argue that until this point in time Brexit hasn't caused loss of GDP, loss of trade therefore loss of tax take and therefore HAS had a impact on UK Government spending.
2/ Workers. Since Brexit there has been a clear shortage of workers in key industries since hundreds of thousands left, and new persons are disuaded from coming because of the way UK Government treated those wanting to stay, the wording used to describe others, because of the inability of new people to stay if they wish and due to a continual wish of this government to "burn EU red tape". EU red tape is Tory talk for workers rights, workers protections, environment protections, checks and balances against companies.
Farming and Health has been hit particularly hard. Both have also contributed to a hit in the governments abililty to take tax. Farming due to loss in tax (of employees and product sale), Health due to the amount of workforce that are off sick long term.
3/ Covid -
a) I want that investigation into the billions lost in Fraud under this PM's watch when he was Chancellor. Yesterday the shadow Chancellor stated that the Government are cancelling the investigation!! Billions of pounds lost.
b) I want to know the cost to the country of buying all that PPE that was past it's used by date. That was completely unfit for use because it didn't meet UK standards. Why existing suppliers were ignored in favour of friends of MPs - new companies just setup to profit from it. How many billions did they get?
c) Track and trace. Just how much did it cost, and why did it cost so much.
If the excuse is that Covid was also hugely to blame for the need to now tax more then the above needs to be made clear, and the money gotten back.
I and many others are not aurguing that this can realistically be reversed right now. We think it's a huge mistake and we will continue to say so, as is our right as we live in a democracy. If the people change their mind, there is a right to have a future vote.
What I do strongly believe is that this Brexit is hugely damaging to the country and it needs to be changed immediately. There needs to be a new deal that solves NI's issues and allows trade both in and out of the UK to again be seemless. We need to solve the worker shortage. If this means re-joining the single market and freedom of movenment then so be it. This will provide an immediate GDP increase and tax take increase. It will reduce government costs. Lets scrap the UKCE mark, and get rid of all the extra regulations and paperwork companies have to do, which yep costs them money and which yep losses the tresury money.
Gas cost issue.
a) Why were UK gas storage facilities sold off?
b) Why has the UK been hit harder than any other country when it comes to cost increases for electricity? Govenment needed to do much more and come down much harder on energy companies. France nationalised it's energy sector. UK moans but does so little in such circumstances.
Specifically about the Budget -
1/ The government made no mention of Brexit at all and blamed external / worldwide factors for the issues. This is nonsense as the above shows.
2/ The government (not this but the previous) are responsible for 20 billion additional borrowing costs because of Truss. This party put her there, they clapped and cheered her Budget, the Tory press all called it a "proper conservative budget". They are responsbile for this additional cost and it should not be ordiary folk who have to pay for it.
3/ There was no talk of any cuts needed pre Truss government.
4/ The country had 10 years of austerity pre covid. Yes money was put into the NHS but it was mis-managed by multiple Ministers. Police was gutted and only in the last year have the Tories promised to bring numbers back to something close to where it was before.
5/ Increase in fuel duty - really? Seriously? comeon.
The country SHOULD not accept another 2-5 years of cuts / sacrifice to make up for Tory incompetence.
What they didn't do:
1/ Nothing about non-doms
2/ Nothing about closing tax loop holes (of which there are plenty)
3/ Level of the energy profit level was nowhere near high enough
4/ Nothing said to fix Brexit
5/ Silence about the fact that middle earners are going to be wacked over the next 2-5 years by additional taxes. It was hidden, as per usual. Only the higher rate kick in level down to 125,000 was specifically mentioned.
6/ Green energy - there needed to be a massive push for renewables - solar panels on every new build roof, every car park roof - subsidies. Even more offshore wind, onshore wind. Tidal in Scotland.
Why is the UK the ONLY economy in the G7 still below pre-covid levels?https://www.ft.com/content/4edae69b-c82 ... d14ca8caa6
Enough is enough.