Saturday, 15 May 2010

Reflections post election.

Generally you won't here much from me on Politics as as much as it interested me it's too divisive a topic and some get very personal over it but anyway here are a few non-partisan thoughts.
Well the results were inconclusive so no one Political party had a majority in the House of Commons as Labour had lost, The Liberal Democrats didn't have a surge on votes and the Tories didn't convince enough to run the country outright.
After much discussion unlike say the Harper government in Ottawa, the Tories here agreed a full blown coalition with the Liberal Democrats sharing government posts and even making the Liberal leader the Deputy Prime Minister.
This no doubt is hard for activists of both parties to accept having spent much of their time in politics accusing each of the being the very devil incarnate but it is clear the UK needs a functioning government.
The UK faces some if the highest public sector debt anywhere in the western world although much of this arises from the necessity to rescue the private sector banks (If only they'd of followed Canadian account conventions rather than US, the excessive risks taken leading to this would never had been passed!).
52% of GDP spent is in public sector and to restore confidence the debt needs to be tackled and this will unfortunately mean reductions in government spending to make a decent start on repayments.
It maybe that this coalition government will identify savings that will not impact adversely on the least well off and already it is clear that health care spending will not be reduced while tackling some of the nations quangos that seem to spend a small fortune on not doing very much.
Another area to explore might be where services are bought. For instance one health trust found buying meats for hospital catering in their locality saved them a lot of money AND kept local farmers in work.
Buying in overnight General Practitioners (MD's) services something whose cost has escalated with agency staff being bought in following a change of contracts a few years back, looks set to examined by the Heath Secretary. This may also tackle issues around continuity in patient treatment.

Although these are early days it is good to see two party leaders put their differences aside to help govern the country in a stable and responsible fashion.

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