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100th day of the coalition

And they said it wouldn't last................. :-)

Casting your own poltical leanings aside, I was wondering how you assess the first 100 days? Has your life been changed yet?

All I've personally noticed so far is that food prices, especially meat, have gone up and that former Lib Dems are upset.
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    About time we had another war...
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    [cite]Posted By: RedZed333[/cite]About time we had another war...

    I'm sure the politicians would if they could - but at the moment, just can't afford it.
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    Things are more depressing.
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    Apart from the fact my job is probably going to be axed, no my life hasn't changed.
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    Be interesting to see what the labour supporters on here think of it so far!......

    They are of course reforming so too busy worrying about there own 'navel' ... I think it will be one odf the Millibands myself,which has about as much general appeal as voting for Thatcher......

    I would vote for Andy Burnham, but cannot see him being selected.

    There is a lot of 'kite flying' at present, David Willets is waiting for the education report from Lord Brown, so he can defer the awkward fall out re Uni's and claim 'it was them' we only followed the report.
    Still not convinced that 50 percent of kids need to go to uni, where are the jobs for them , now where are the uni places!......

    Food prices: All of course the fault of the fires in Russia, the price of wheat, nothing to do with any goverment of course!. Beyond any of there control.
    Petrol: saw the price £1.20 a litre in thanet for unleaded yesterday, soon be £ 1:30....
    Interest Rates: Not worth saving, as the RPI hits over 5 percent and the rate of inflation is 3.1
    Housing market: Little change here, expect a rise in the Autumn but that has not stopped banks trying it on with deposits for first timers. House prices seem to have now gone down again.
    Lending to business/Banks: Has anything really changed! Apparently as tight as a ducks arse! if you want to borrow. or need a cash injection for investment I am told? Bankers stillgrabbing bonuses. Vince Cable a bit quiet these days eh!
    Unemployment: This is becoming a farce re the figures, I can name several people who are unemployed that do not even sign on, especially over 50.
    New business start ups : Visited Woolwich or Bexleyheath lately!.
    New Houses: Lot's of talk, little action, still 4 million on the housing list!
    Immigration: Ssshhhhh!.zzzzzzzzzz.
    Local Hospital: I am confussed as to where we are now with the 'picture of health'..... open, closing, half open, half closed!, reviews, rereview?.......
    GP's: still will not come out on call or work weekends!

    Whoever got in power was going to have an immense job on there hands, and the defeceit had to be paid back as quickly as possible!.

    It will be next year when the cuts come in and after.......
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    I'm dreading the VAT increase in January! I'm trying to get a small business off the ground and I can see that killing it stone dead.

    The two parliamentary parties seem to be rubbing along okay, but I think the grassroots Lib Dem supporters are not happy. The Lib Dem politicians are obviously relishing the unexpected elevation to power, but I think it will cost them votes next time round. If you are liberal and slightly left of centre, are you going to risk voting Lib Dem and end up with a right wing government again?
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    Anyone expecting anything different needs their bumps read. We could of voted for Screaming Lord Sutch in the last election, we still would have to face up to hard times. Without getting into a slanging match with the Red Wedge on here, we all have opinions on what happened, who did what but I think we got what we deserve as a nation really. So suck it in (9 month of unemployment now.....) and hope something comes up ! Perhaps it might spur the next generation to get actively engaged in politics instead of the X-Factor. Mind you, you might want to educate them properly first, good start.
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    Too early to say yet. We'll know much more after the spending review.

    Something had to be done about the deficit and the bloated size of the state generally but I do think they've made a terrible error in continuing the ringfencing of NHS spending. The decisiveness is attractive but some decisions (e.g. abolition of the Audit Commission) seem knee jerk. They've made a right dog's breakfast of my specialist area (planning) abolishing regional spatial strategies without anything to replace them, leaving a gaping policy hole. It's killing development, particularly desperately needed house building.
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    I can't get over this, but I'm dreading what's to come.
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    [cite]Posted By: ken from bexley[/cite]Be interesting to see what the labour supporters on here think of it so far!......

    They are of course reforming so too busy worrying about there own 'navel' ... I think it will be one odf the Millibands myself,which has about as much general appeal as voting for Thatcher......

    I would vote for Andy Burnham, but cannot see him being selected.

    There is a lot of 'kite flying' at present, David Willets is waiting for the education report from Lord Brown, so he can defer the awkward fall out re Uni's and claim 'it was them' we only followed the report.
    Still not convinced that 50 percent of kids need to go to uni, where are the jobs for them , now where are the uni places!......

    Food prices: All of course the fault of the fires in Russia, the price of wheat, nothing to do with any goverment of course!. Beyond any of there control.
    Petrol: saw the price £1.20 a litre in thanet for unleaded yesterday, soon be £ 1:30....
    Interest Rates: Not worth saving, as the RPI hits over 5 percent and the rate of inflation is 3.1
    Housing market: Little change here, expect a rise in the Autumn but that has not stopped banks trying it on with deposits for first timers. House prices seem to have now gone down again.
    Lending to business/Banks: Has anything really changed! Apparently as tight as a ducks arse! if you want to borrow. or need a cash injection for investment I am told? Bankers stillgrabbing bonuses. Vince Cable a bit quiet these days eh!
    Unemployment: This is becoming a farce re the figures, I can name several people who are unemployed that do not even sign on, especially over 50.
    New business start ups : Visited Woolwich or Bexleyheath lately!.
    New Houses: Lot's of talk, little action, still 4 million on the housing list!
    Immigration: Ssshhhhh!.zzzzzzzzzz.
    Local Hospital: I am confussed as to where we are now with the 'picture of health'..... open, closing, half open, half closed!, reviews, rereview?.......
    GP's: still will not come out on call or work weekends!

    Whoever got in power was going to have an immense job on there hands, and the defeceit had to be paid back as quickly as possible!.

    It will be next year when the cuts come in and after.......
    Great post Ken.

    Regarding universities, with tuition fees rising they're a massive cash cow for the government, likewise figures of graduates produce a statistic to champion during elections.

    New houses are being built, but look for they're for.

    As for the youth today, they're too bothered getting hooked up in consumerism, why worry about the state of the economy when iPhone 4 is coming out. Even there last revolution, last year's Christmas number 1 involved buying something off of the internet. People will just vote in the opposition at the next election without taking any real action.

    No don't people will ask what can we do? Well this is a start.

    Personally I don't believe the cuts need to be as extremely as they're going to be.
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    Affordable housing in South London....
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    ID cards?
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    I’m an Andy Burnham fan too but here’s my take on the Coalition.

    Economy – starting to stall on threatened cuts, with the sword yet to fall. Low paid front-line staff will go, sacked by their well paid bosses who will have fewer people to manage. Cuts too much, too quickly will cause pain for years. Timing of selling off banks will be a key decision (in terms of yield).

    Health – I was turned away from our local minor injuries unit (A&E closed years ago) an hour before closing because of a huge queue still waiting to be seen. Rumours of huge numbers of ineligible people being treated. Service swamped, do something.

    Housing – new builds hampered by greedy councils wanting unrealistic add-ons, and banks over-cautious lending policies. Expect little to change. Good riddance to HIPS though.

    Law & Order – more responsibility to communities. Does this mean we can give disruptive toe-rags a slap in lieu of scrapped Asbos? I think not. Will red-tape be eased to speed up courts? Not if many are closed for “super courts”.
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    mmigration – an asylum seeker is a person who flees his country in fear of his well-being. Anyone having found safety who subsequently crosses borders to find a better deal is an economic migrant. Cameron take note.

    Education – faith schools are an insidious cancer on our society. If you want your children to follow your god, wait until they are old enough to make up their own mind on it’s merits. (Teens at least). Uni to dole/debt, what’s the point?

    Defence – troops home immediately will save billions. Why are we in Afghanistan, if Russia couldn’t win there in 10 years trying? Cutting top brass a welcome, overdue move, shame it’s not adopted in civil service.

    Seeing as we had the Tory cuckoo (Blair) in our nest for years, only Lib-Dem concessions will improve things.
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    From the motorists' point of view:

    The Dartford bridge was made toll free when an accident caused massive tailbacks (never happened before).

    Cowboy clampers and towaway scum are going to be outlawed.

    Foreign lorries are going to have to pay to use British roads.
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    A Prime minister who doesnt take holidays in the houses and yachts of the rich and famous
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    They like most politians like to talk and talk and talk. Well for the last 100 days they have certainly talked but when asked specific questions regarding to the countries woes they have come up short on answers, just talked around the issues. Month after next will be show down time for them. For me the Liberals have sold out and the Conservatives will do what they always do, look after their own.

    On a personal level I paid for HIPs only to see them knocked on the head 3 days laters (£300). More fool me for rushing into selling.
    On the up side this week, I've excepted an offer on my house (not that any government, past or present, can claim any credit for that).

    I predict the next 20 years rather like the last 20 years. Same old same old.
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    concerned how many capital projects have been axed, and political/ideologically motivated - despite rhetoric being about waste (much harder to find/eliminate), these capital projects are what is helping the ailing economy stay afloat.

    much of the current economic situation is still down to the previous government, eg. the growth in the last quarter

    the real pain is yet to come

    no explanation of where the astonishing growth in private sector jobs is going to come from

    big society is pointless without funding, and is evidently just a cover for reducing state services
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    first 100 day? Hooray! May the coalition last 100 more!





    (and NO more)
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    [cite]Posted By: razil[/cite]
    big society is pointless without funding, and is evidently just a cover for reducing state services

    What the heck is a " big society"?
    More" blah blah blah" keep repeating it until something else, hopefully, more high profile comes along.
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    I find the whole thing very depressing. VAT has to be a real knock. Im consulting in local authorities at moment and some of the things being looked at are huge issues.

    Portilio (who i hated when he was in office)talks alot of sence these days. He said pre the elections EVERY thing should rise re tax but a small amount. The main ideas being that any large rises has such a ripple affect , but many small rises spread over many items would still start to reduce debt.
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    Has the government changed?

    I thought the EU was still alive and kicking (against the UK invariably).
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    [cite]Posted By: ken from bexley[/cite] Petrol: saw the price £1.20 a litre in thanet for unleaded yesterday, soon be £ 1:30.....

    I'm sure it will be going up again soon but Asda has just dropped unleaded to 111.9p.
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    [cite]Posted By: Goonerhater[/cite]I find the whole thing very depressing. VAT has to be a real knock. Im consulting in local authorities at moment and some of the things being looked at are huge issues.

    Portilio (who i hated when he was in office)talks alot of sence these days. He said pre the elections EVERY thing should rise re tax but a small amount. The main ideas being that any large rises has such a ripple affect , but many small rises spread over many items would still start to reduce debt.
    So it makes no sense to reduce corporation tax by 16% over the next four years? So much for 'we're all in it together'
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    Things can only get worse. Clegg get's more TV time than Cameron imo.
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    I read the other day we are being fined for not flying the eu flag enough..

    not all foreign lorry drivers are in the EU (altho I suspect the overwhelming majority are) so I guess it depends on your definition of foreign?
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    [cite]Posted By: charltonkeston[/cite]
    [cite]Posted By: razil[/cite]
    big society is pointless without funding, and is evidently just a cover for reducing state services

    What the heck is a " big society"?
    More" blah blah blah" keep repeating it until something else, hopefully, more high profile comes along.

    I've struggled with this one too. What I think it means is getting people to do stuff for nothing. How that solves anything (particularly unemployment) is anyone's guess.
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