Lost my computer yesterday. It became infected by a particularly vicious bug. Really maddening - especially when Darren of bluedigital (who is trying to fix it for me) jokingly told me that the culprit is probably sitting on a beach in Barbados planning on contacting me, offering to fix it - at a price. Anyway, it gives me a chance to use my netbook.
Its all a bit late to comment on the budget, but there is one point that's bugging me (as opposed to bugging my computer). The main difference between Labour and the Conservatives seems to be one of timing - and the Lib Dems are in agreement with the labour line. The Chancellor is telling us that there must be cuts greater than anything Mrs Thatcher's did in the 1980s (sorting out the financial mess left the last time Labour lost office in 1979) but not yet. The Shadow Chancellor insists that a start should be made immediately. Seems a fair debating point - except that its not. Labour spokespersons have been trawling the studios all day telling us about the billions of waste that can be cut from all departments without any effect on front line services. If that is the case, why on earth cannot a start be made by cutting this waste now?
A similar point cropped up on BBC Wales political programme, Dragon's Eye today. Former Finance Minister, Andrew Davies casually told us that huge savings could be made by cutting back on the over 160 schemes offering business support - many replicating each other. Pity he didn't do something about it when he was Finance Minister. Whatever, the sooner the better that the Assembly Government gets on with the job of cutting this waste. It does seem ridiculous that Governments at both Westminster and Cardiff Bay remain so content to waste billions of taxpayer's money