Dear Editor, Even the CBI’s Director General John Cridland, who speaks for the business community and was a fawning government supporter for two years, has now publicly lost faith in the Tories and is urging them to kick start the economy by increasing spending immediately on school classrooms and hospitals and offering more help to first-time buyers to boost house-building.
The British economy, almost alone among leading industrialised countries has been plunged into a double dip recession.
John Cridland says: “I want delivery on the ground. We need more than words. There’s a fundamental decision that has got to be made about capacity.”
The problem is that the government is not listening to the business community, they are not listening to the unions or the newspapers or the people.
They are only concerned about cutting spending and reducing the role of the state. The result is that they have cut spending on infrastructure projects – except high speed rail – and as a result the construction industry has collapsed, there is less money in the economy and every shop and business has suffered.
This recession is now officially the longest since the Great Depression and in some ways it’s worse.
And this government has presided over the worst economic decline in recorded British history. In other words, as a country, we have never had such a bungling government. What is truly extraordinary is that the Conservative MPs for Nuneaton and North Warwickshire have supported the policy of creating a double dip recession in every vote in the Commons.
Their columns in local newspapers regularly claim that but for the cuts it would all be worse.
They are so out of touch that they don’t seem to realise that no one locally believes them any more. Unsurprisingly, because our economy was recovering in 2010 and is smaller and weaker now. Claims by Dan Byles MP (Cons, North Warwickshire & Bedworth) that we would be like Greece if we do not cut services are obvious twaddle because our economies are so different, and repetition of such nonsense does not make it credible.
The business community has lost faith and so have the people. It’s hurting and it’s certainly not working.
And if the MPs can’t see it, they need to wake up and smell the coffee. John Cridland is right.
Business needs a change of direction and so do we all, and if the MPs do not know that then they are no listening either.
Councillor Harry Taylor
Coleshill Town Council