General Election June 8th

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Ric, 18 Apr 2017.


Who will you vote for at the General Election?

  1. Conservatives

    140 vote(s)
  2. Labour

    225 vote(s)
  3. Liberal Democrats

    31 vote(s)
  4. SNP

    6 vote(s)
  5. UKIP

    15 vote(s)
  6. Other

    29 vote(s)
  1. Bill


    22 May 2004
    old fuddy duddy who can't work this shit yet.
    winding down in life.
    here's the deal.

    either you moderate your language or I will.

  2. Ban-jani


    7 Dec 2013
    I work in recruitment and the market is ridiculous.

    There are more jobs than people in a lot of industries and if you cannot get a job in today's climate, then you've really fucked up.
  3. Ban-jani


    7 Dec 2013
    You tell him Bill.

    "Selfish c****" for wanting to be given opportunity haha.
  4. Magicpole


    30 Sep 2016
    Low Intelligence Officer
    I would rather not, if you don't mind. It would cause me such anguish. :)
  5. Gelsons Dad

    Gelsons Dad

    22 Nov 2007
    Zurich Switzerland.
    Blaming the housing shortage on the 80's government is about as valid as blaming it on the Blitz.

    Correct me if I'm wrong but between then and now we had the longest continuous serving Labour government. What the fuck were they doing about housing? Oh yeah, they were openly encouraging mass immigration of untrained labour from all corners of the EU/Globe. Enticing them with huge welfare pots in order to increase their own political support.
  6. pirate


    24 Nov 2010
    So you mean a lot, Ok whats a lot? do you mean 10% or 40% or something else.

    I think that those that play the system are a very small minority, less than 5% if I have to put a figure on it.
    I do think that the vast majority would work if the jobs were available. The evidence for this is easy to come by. The vast majority of those claiming welfare are people with jobs 4.8 million people claiming tax credits in 2015-16 (last year figures were available) because they are low paid and 5.0 million people claiming other benefits because of low pay (they are probably the same people). That alone counts for nearly 26% of the welfare budget. Whereas unemployment benefits were claimed by 705,000 and accounted for 1.1% of the welfare budget.
    Just for clarity the majority of the rest goes to the disabled (19%), pensions (46%) and family benefits not based on income (6%) and the total welfare budget is 211 billion

    Yes I think the movement of the global economy and how the impact of that has been managed by successive governments of three parties have taken away the jobs and more importantly secure jobs.
    I think the experience of those claiming welfare benefits (about 6 million people) and how they are portrayed by especially Tory politicians leads them to believe they have a very limited future.
  7. law74


    16 Feb 2007
    uncivil servent
    backing three legged donkeys
    Workfare, my next door neighbours daughter could only get a 4 hour a week contract in a retail shop about a year ago, so was still claiming job seekersey allowance, because she was on JSA she was sent on "workfare" and placed in the shop she had her 4 hours per week contract.
    Add the hours she was working between her contracted (paid) hours and her workfare (unpaid) hours & dividing it into her total weekly income and she was getting about £2.20 per hour.
    Can you justify this?

    Though the 100 people getting the £35,000 per annum will be spending most of that in the local economy, paying VAT on their purchases, keeping shops and suppliers open and employing staff and keeping the chain moving, whereas the CEO would be more likely to have it hidden in an offshore account, or buying a bigger villa abroad, with little if any further gain to the regional economy (& that's before getting into the discussion of is it better to help one person massively or many people moderately).
  8. SWP's back

    SWP's back

    29 Jun 2009
    by the pool
    Not likely to save him much tax that plus the offshore savings account rates are shite. I'm barely getting 0.4%.

    If he'd had that in a UK account getting 1% and then paying tax on the income he'd have been better off.

    As for the "helping one person or many", capitalism isn't about helping anyone with a free ride. There's a reason conference players get £200 a week and Yaya earns that in an hour.

    Regarding where the money is spent. That's a macroeconomic argument and has some merit but when the economy is stable and growing then it's of less use. We were being fairly specific regarding taxes on income.
  9. Gelsons Dad

    Gelsons Dad

    22 Nov 2007
    Zurich Switzerland.
    How many lower paid workers send their expendable income overseas back home to their family?
  10. Ancient Citizen

    Ancient Citizen

    26 Jul 2009
    And what is the reason the market is ridiculous, ie; jobs galore? Why has the pound risen on the day an election
    was called, is it the prospect of a Labour landslide? Why have millions of welfare claimants now started work, could it
    be that the measures taken have made them do so? Why do the polls suggest a massive Tory win, seeing as everyone knows that
    the Conservatives are horrible uncaring twats, and by association, so are everyone who votes for them?
    It's a puzzle, for sure.

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