Dear sir, what a depressingly pessimistic view of the best budget in 20 years was Jack Nixon’s tirade in the Ellon Times of March 27.
There are a few rich pensioners, there are many poor pensioners, and there are legions of pensioners who have worked hard and saved hard all their lives.
As to the vultures hovering I think Mr Nixon will find that the pensioners who worked and saved all their lives will have the gumption to see them off, but of course being a supporter of the left he would have preferred the labour nanny state to be in full control. Mr Nixon does his contemporaries a major injustice if he thinks that, after all they came through, they would be unable to look after their own pennies. It was very noticeable that Mr Miliband didn’t address any section of the pensioners in his budget reply, indeed he didn’t address any of the measures taken in the budget at all. The best he could muster was the usual meaningless weasel words “more privileges by the privileged for the privileged” and exhortations for the conservative front bench to nod their heads if they are rich – a tactic he has tried now for the last three budgets. He seems to forget that the shadow front bench contains at least nine millionaires. The only panic which has been engendered by this budget is in the minds of socialists in that it has made a lot of friends for the conservatives.
Mr Nixon’s mention of the “shameful neglect” of the young is interesting too. Coming after thirteen years of an administration which tried to buy votes by making benefits for “the poor” so good that it was more worthwhile not to work : an administration which admitted to running an open door immigration policy which was in fact a further attempt to buy new votes. Brown’s infamous statement of “British jobs for British workers” has really come home to roost with that policy!
I know Mr Nixon must get tired of hearing what a mess labour left us in after 13 years of “no more boom and bust” but the fact remains that they did leave the country in a horrendous mess. Indeed we’re lucky it now appears that, through the efforts of his favourite target Osborne, it won’t take another thirteen years to clear up this mess.
No, Mr Nixon, I don’t think that we should be trusting the country’s economy to the two Eds – together they might just about make a whole wit.
Our fuel bills are rising fast, and politicians seem to have little idea what to do about it.
Tackling the profit-hungry energy companies has to be part of the answer.
But the banks, too, must be made to change their ways.
In years to come, coal, oil and gas prices are certain to carry on rising, while the cost of renewable energy will fall as long as we invest in infrastructure.
Despite this, the big banks put billions into dirty fossil fuel projects – many of which pollute and destroy people’s rivers and forests in developing countries - while their investments in renewables remain tiny.
We need ways of financing, producing and distributing energy that are good for people everywhere, and not geared solely towards maximising corporate profit.