Call for immediate VAT action on fuel poverty
Last updated at 20:26, Thursday, 01 March 2012
Two leading West Cumbrian politicians are calling on the Government to cut taxes to help combat fuel poverty and rising petrol prices.
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Mr. Martin - It is precisely because I do remember history that I fear for the future under this Tory led Government. If the start of Thatcher's reign coincides with what you call the dawn of 'compassionate conservatism', then I have to wonder what on Earth would constitute 'non compassionate Conservatism'. The Thatcher years saw Britain's industrial base systematically dismantled, whole communities consigned to the dustbin, unprecedented unemployment levels and the unfettering of rampant greed within the City which ultimately led to the near collapse of the banking system which we saw a couple of year's ago. If that is compassionate conservatism, you can keep it.Your party is currently embarking on a course which will make the bleak days of Thatcher's Britain look like a golden age. Benefit cuts to the poorest and most vulnerable in our society will lead to a devastating increase in poverty - for children and vulnerable adults alike. Privatisation of the NHS(yes, I know Mr. Martin - they're NOT privatising it! Although we ALL know that they are)will remove the single most important safety net for ordinary people - the security of health care, regardless of ability to pay for it. The party which you support is going to deal out such a dose of 'compassion', that I fear the country will never recover from.Now then - as to 'do I believe that Torys live in mansions etc.' - well, I believe that those who benefit from Tory policies do - the super rich, the tax avoiding, those set to profit from privatisation of public services. Unfortunately there are also those self deluded types who don't fit into this bracket, but who manage to delude themselves that Tory is the only way. In my experience the latter group are often driven by a desire to feel somehow superior to their neighbours or are just mean spirited - not that I'd suggest for a second that this applies to you, Mr. Martin.What am I doing to tackle poverty? Well, for a start I am opposing your Government at every opportunity I get - maybe you could try this instead of writing letters to George Osborne - the millionaire who cares not one jot for the plight of ordinary people.Lastly - I am very sorry that my moniker upsets you. Just try and forget who is writing and concentrate on what I am writing - you may have a road to Damascus moment.
Why don't you use your proper name, instead of that daft pseudonym? That's twice you have raised this and, clearly, you do not know your facts or your history. Compassionate Conservatism (which came in in 1979)is a political philosophy that stresses using traditionally conservative techniques and concepts in order to improve the general welfare of society.I am a Conservative because I believe in low taxes, little bureaucracy and a severe reduction in central control. the Localism Bill will achieve the latter, I hope. Child poverty incresed under the last Labour government; so too did fuel poverty. In my opinion no party has ever done enough to address either problem. That does not make me less of a Conservative. Or do you still hold to that ridiculous view that all Tory's live in big mansions and drive a Porsche? My words are not empty. At least I am trying to do something about poverty in Cumbria. What exactly are you doing? Tell us all.
Cllr. Martin is right to be concerned about the effects of poverty on the children of Cumbria. Why then, does he ally himself to a party whose policies are guaranteed to make child poverty worse?Actions speak louder than empty words, councillor - why don't you re consider your political allegiance?