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Budget debate is "more empty rhetoric from the main two parties"

March 25, 2010 5:05 PM

Budget BoxThis year's budget "lacked new initiatives, failed to make taxes fairer and [is] dishonest on dealing with the deficit" according to Andrew Simpson, Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate for Northampton North.

"We have an election in a few weeks, true" said Andrew "But that isn't an excuse for our Government not to lead"

Is this just another example of the main two parties putting their own ambition above the good of the country?

"I think it is" Andrew responds, "We have an international economic crisis and Labour are playing politics with the budget, refusing to outline real action on the deficit. We have a national housing crisis, but the budget says nothing about producing affordable homes to tackle, for example, the 8 thousand people on the waiting list in Northampton alone."

The Conservatives are no better - throwing stones at Labour's empty budget, but refusing to meaningfully identify their own plans to tackle the problems of Britain today.

"It's sad to see the Labour Party behaving so much like the Conservatives" Andrew added "Refusing to trust the electorate to make the right decisions when faced with difficult choices. Everyone understands the need to reduce the deficit. Everyone understands there are areas we are going to have to cut. But both main parties refusing to say where they will find savings will just confirm in our minds what we've already suspected - that the cuts will be indiscriminate and unfair. That the NHS and our schools will be gutted, that VAT will be raised to 20% by the Conservatives, a tax-increase that will hit the poor hardest. It makes us wonder what they're hiding from us."

Liberal Democrat policy on the other hand is costed and implementable. The Lib Dems would cut unnecessary, high expense projects such as like-for-like replacement of trident and the ID card scheme.

These and other identified cuts would significantly reduce the deficit, while creating money to put thousands of new police officers on the streets, increase investment in Northamptonshire's schools by £23 Million and train and hire thousands more midwives.