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Stop Pussyfooting Around PM !


oresome

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Boris Johnson has been beating his chest following a successful Olympics.

Rather than reining in expenditure, he wants the government to be bold and instigate some large infrastructure projects to kick start the economy.

We haven't really started reducing our over expenditure yet as what cutbacks are being made are matched by falling tax receipts.

So is Boris right? Should we forget the deficit reduction for now and get the economy moving again?

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Quickbeam

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What's the great disadvantage of 20% inflation Vs strict austerity? After all, we survived the high inflation of the '70s without as much grief as we're having now.

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morddwyd

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"we survived the high inflation of the '70s without as much grief as we're having now."

Speak for yourself.

As someone on a fixed income I was frequently on a financial knife-edge in the 70s.

Because I was the the public sector an RPI "correction factor" was applied to our salary each month, and you never knew until you actually got paid how much you were going to get.

I used to finish work at 5 and then go out and drive a taxi until midnight, and also drove one all day on Saturday and Sunday.

There were members of the armed forces on what were then called supplementary benefits because they weren't getting enough to live on.

We survived, but not without grief.

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zzzz999

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We've just come through three bouts of quantitive easing and inflation remains below 5%. The cranking up of inflation only happens if the economy is reinflated with no regard for when the tap has to be turned off and the economy balanced. The alternative Austrian Economic Thinking would have thrown us all to the wolves of the market with the devastation and destruction that causes.

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oresome

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Part of the problem with the money supply seems to be that the Government wants the banks to lend more and yet at the same time rules are introduced to force the banks into holding greater reserves to improve their resiliance.

Plus the banks still hold a great deal of bad debt which still has to be written off when they admit to it, so they need to get their own house in order first.

I'm not sure how many businesses actually have the confidence to borrow in order to expand at the moment anyway. Who's got the money to buy their goods or services?

Similarly with houses. Who has the confidence to take out a large mortgage even if they could get one and the confidence property prices will not fall further?

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