I always had you down as a Green or a Liberal
Euuuurrrgghhh Steve. The Tories are crucifying the Education system (speak to a teacher) and the NHS (speak to a nurse/doctor) as well as ripping benefits away from disabled people and increasing food bank use to terrifying levels.”
Things are definitely far from great, but with the historical spiralling costs of benefits due to the man in the street belief that it s the states responsibility to care of you form cradle to grave, versus looking after yourself with a safety net for genuine hardship, then I think we are slowly moving in the right direction.
There are plenty of people who don't need child benefit, or tax credits IMHO, there are also plenty of people who do. But £41.6bn's worth? Really? Unfortunately we have to break a culture of dependence and "I can't work any more hours because it will impact my benefits". Benefits should be seen as an absolute last resort, a safety net, with pride and work ethic a driving force to move out of benefits.
In 2014/15 the welfare bill was £258 billion, 35% of the govt budget. Here is an interesting breakdown of benefits for 2015/16 (couldn't find a more recent one) but I imagine it has come down again. Unemployment benefits is quite a surprising one and not the massive number a lot of people believe.
(Image removed as it seems to have broken the mobile site formatting, but you can see it from the below link).
Nuclear weapons is a great argument. Not a sane person wants to see them used and it's a sad reality that countries are still trying to develop them, showing as a species we have learnt nothing. But in it's form as a deterrent, which could be argued has been successful over the last 50 or 60 years as we haven't had a nuclear war?
It's not an argument I'm convinced by. There are enough Nuclear weapons to destroy the planet a 100 times over, so we don't really need any more. But a much smaller collective NATO deterrent makes more sense with us making a contribution.
This removes the likes of questions such as would you press the button as it would be under NATO control, which we have all agreed by membership to protect each other in the event of aggression.
The massive cost savings could be used to bolster our conventional military which is now the smallest and most under-strength it ever has been, while freeing up more cash for hospitals, schools etc.
Brexit in the hands of Corbyn will be a diplomacy of disaster. Brexit in the hands of May will be a nail-biting roller coaster.
But at least she has thrown herself fully into the task, even though she was a firm remain voter. Hopefully she will do some housekeeping and get rid of mad Boris for a start.
I still believe Brexit was wrong, it will end up being a very expensive exercise that no one will see any benefit from for a generation and the people should never have been made to vote. Cameron should be locked up in the tower of London for landing us in this mess then simply walking away
But just my 5 pence worth, from a former socialist now Tory convert with liberal leanings