Everyone's bored of hearing this by now but the public still aren't listening so I'm going to keep stating the obvious: The UK government's economic policy is sociopathic.
Article from Socialist Worker, via UK Watch with some neat fag-packet calculations about how pathetic the government's policies on fighting the social impact of the economic crisis. Eg:
"On housing, the first phase of Beckett’s plan will release £13 million in London – enough to buy up just 335 unsold homes.
There are 9,000 people on the council house waiting list in the London borough of Barking & Dagenham alone.
Subsequent phases will release a further £200 million around the country. But according to town hall leaders, by then the numbers waiting for a home will have reached around 2 million.
That means the plan, if it were divided equally between all on the waiting list, will be worth just £100 each."
Just to remind you, the UK government has currently used ~$50 billion of taxpayers money to shore up the banking industry. The difference between this sum and the pathetic amounts they are directing toward projects to support real people and small businesses reveals their disdain for the majority of the electorate. Small businesses employ 15 million people in the UK- that' s half the working population. Yet they are set to receive £750 million in support- 1.5% of the financial support of the 1.1 million people employed in the financial sector. That's 0.11% of the funding per person.