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Will he? Won’t he? The budget is on our doorstep
By the time I get to write the next editorial column for the UK & Ireland Edition of Contractors World, we will all undoubtedly be that much poorer; the Chancellor of the Exchequer will have made his proclamation on how much more the Government is going to drain from us.
As many associations are saying, some of which are reported in this issue, instead of taking, it is now time for the Chancellor to be realistic and start handing out. Economies and GDP growth are founded on the construction industry - not banks and similar institutions who get paid massive bonuses for doubling losses! Let any contractors try that on the shareholders.
Improve the infrastructure with new roads, and high speed communication systems and industry will be attracted. Jobs are created in the construction process and then in the manufacturing and related logistics services that follow, with the potential for significantly increasing oversea’s investment.
With the Euro region in economic crisis, investors will be looking for a more solid foundation - in a country that controls its own economic criteria but is also very close to Europe.
I can see this: institutes and manufacturing can see this: even some politicians can see this. Are we all missing something? Perhaps the Chancellor will take a few moments in his budget speech to explain. Do not hold your breath.
Chancellor George Osborne
He will be too busy trumpeting the successes that remedies implemented so far have resulted in - increasing unemployment, crime, and immigration, rising costs and pensions, education and NHS in crisis. Unlike the banks, he probably will not ask for a bonus but will say “This is the mess we inherited”.
I am not arguing against the fact that the Coalition Government inherited something of a cess pit. And, like all cess pits, they tend to be something of an unknown. One, they do not look very nice and two, you only find out what is under the surface when you get you hands dirty.
Time to stop telling us how we are going to get out of this mess. Time to put on the rubber gloves, boots and goggles (HSE) and do something about it, as the smell is getting just a little too uncomfortable.
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