There is something worth trading for Boundary Changes

August 14, 2012

And it’s the job of this man:

In all the debate about what the Tories might offer the Lib Dems to get their precious boundary changes, there’s a fundamental truth that seems to be being avoided. While both Lords Reform and changes to constituency boundaries are ostensibly constitutional issues, they don’t lie at the heart of the reason the Coalition was formed. The real electoral dividends are to be reaped from a strong performance on the economy, and this is why Osborne needs to go.

The deficit reduction strategy formed a key part of the Coalition Agreement, and relied on growth picking up in short order. This has not happened. The ostensibly independent Office for Budgetary Responsibility, which Osborne set up, has managed to get every single one of its growth predictions incorrect. If it were managing a fund based on its predictions, it’d already be out of business. We are now back in recession, and Osborne’s response to this is to attempt to restrain one of the few remaining growth sectors we have in order to take an economy-wide punt on gas prices going down – right when the market expects them to rise. Take a look at the price of gas in Winter 2014-15 on the futures market for an indication of the kind of stories we can expect to see at the beginning of the next General Election campaign.

If we have been part of a Government that has failed to deliver growth and plunged hundreds of thousands of people into fuel poverty, we can expect to be decimated by the electorate, even without changes to constituency boundaries. Therefore, Osborne has to go, to be replaced by one of our own. Hell, even William Hague would be better.

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3 Responses to “There is something worth trading for Boundary Changes”

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  2. […] There is something worth trading for Boundary Changes by Adam Bell on Decline of the Logos. i.e. fixing the economy, starting by replacing George Osborne […]

  3. JHSB said

    I discussed why this would not work. Basically, it is too late in this Parliament for Vince to do anything to fix the economy, if it ever were possible. Putting Vince or any other Lib Dem in as Chancellor will just mean three years of being in the firing line for the decisions already taken by Osborne and by Labour before him.

    This parliament is likely our only chance to try and mend our broken politics for decades, and so far we have only achieved fixed-term Parliaments.

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