What do you want from a new government?

Let’s face it, it was Britain’s worst kept secret but finally, after months of speculation, we now know that the General Election will take place on the 6th of May. Parliament has been dissolved and, around the UK, campaign posters are going up and candidates dusting off their loudspeakers and soapboxes. On this occasion, for the first time ever we will also get to see the three prime ministerial candidates – Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg ­– put through their paces in three televised debates, the first of which is on Thursday on ITV. The three potential chancellors of the exchequer – Alistair Darling, George Osborne and Vince Cable – have already faced the cameras in their own special TV debate. Televised debates have long been a popular feature of the US presidential elections, and rightly or wrongly, there an individual’s performance on TV can make or break their candidacy. I was reading only last week that George Bush Senior partly lost his battle to win a second term in office because he looked at his watch towards the end of a TV debate and voters were unimpressed.

I wonder how our candidates will measure up and will their TV performance make a difference to the election? Will the TV debates sway us, or have we already made up our minds? I was recently in a waiting room where I spotted a copy of The Sun with David Cameron on the cover. Some wag had given poor Cameron a rather unflattering biro-makeover, the details of which are probably too offensive to go into here. Presumably that particular voter was not a floating one.

But, if you’re not already switched off by the election coverage, what do you want from a new government on the financial front – whether it’s the Conservatives, the Lib Dems, Labour, etc. or a coalition government if there is a hung parliament? Arguably the election will be fought on issues such as our enormous public deficit and the economic crisis. Do you agree, who do you trust to fix the economy and which other financial issues are important to you? Do you want to see the benefits system changed or more help for jobseekers? Do tax breaks for married couples tempt you or are they a turn-off?

What about the housing market and housing generally? Do you want to see more measures to help first time buyers or provide affordable housing? What about the yawning gap between the rich and poor in our country – do you believe the political parties are doing enough to fix this? Are you prepared to pay more taxes to solve these and other problems the UK faces or are we paying too many already? On a different track, what incentives should there be for small businesses and are the parties doing enough to support them? Finally – can you tell the difference between the main parties’ policies or are you struggling to do so? Will you be voting at all?! Is there anything else you want to comment on that I haven’t touched on here?

Sorry – lots of questions there but, whatever your thoughts, I’d love to hear them so please do get in touch.

What do you want to see from a new government on the financial front? I’m interested to hear your opinions, so please leave a message and let me know. Thanks!

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7 Responses to What do you want from a new government?

  1. Clare says:

    I want governments to stop trying to prop up the housing market and just let prices fall naturally to an affordable level. No politician seems willing to question this obscene idea that high house prices are a good thing (except, perhaps, St Vincent of Cable).

  2. Nathan says:

    I want a Government to admit that taxes will go up or public services will disappear. I\’d also like to see a Government that will invest in the economy rather than propping up a sector which then did not allow this money to trickle down into the rest of the economy. Most of all I want to see a party which will do something different rather than debate over a tiny proportion of tax income and its expenditure.

  3. Bill says:

    Abolish the stockmarket, & the entire Market Economy, in favour of a Social Economy. Close all private banks, building societies & insurance, in favour of a Mutual/Co-Operative system.Abolish all form of doorstepping & cold calling, including all junk snail-mail & spam. We are all fully capable of walking into the correct/relevant shop & to purchase our necessities, or at least to purchase goods or services online, including per \’phone. We do not need any form of propaganda (sales engineering), unless they wish to compete by means of improved product/service quality, lower prices, & therefore far better value fers cash.We, the consumers are the best judge of quality, therefore value fers cash, we have the fantastic ability ter vote with our feet, also ter complain, & even provide other feedback.Abolish most Red Tape, retaining only the absolute minimum fers effective \’elfandsafety.Cap ALL salaries @ a maximum of £30k gross, including all bonus & expenses.Abolish the civil service, as also the civil service pension, they deserve no more pension than a common dole scrounger. Everyone on Benefit should have the same basic minimum wage, whatever their age, gender, etc.Abolish all discrimination.Either abolish all form of booze & nicotine, or abolish the legal minimum age limit, & place all form of booze & nicotine on prescription only.Abolish all fixed penalties, & magistrates courts, in favour of custodial sentences only, in front of juries, or "trial by media".Abolish all statute law, in favour of Common Law, & the Human Rights/Civil Rights Act(s).We are the sovereign state, we should govern ourselves, by public referendum.Abolish the entire home office, in favour of Military law enforcement.Abolish all political parties, therefore all party politics.

  4. Flo says:

    It would be nice to have a government with the best interests of the country at heart rather than the next election.

  5. Sarah says:

    Oooh… dreaming here but…. I\’d like higher ISA limits, capped store card rates, scrapped Home Information Packs, £1m IHT threshold, restoration of the Dividend Tax Credit, a review of government and quango waste, a review of BBC funding and a big fat crackdown on car inusrance-dodgers. And that\’s just for starters…..

  6. Piper says:

    Thanks for all the suggestions so far, keep them coming. Some great ideas here. For my part, I\’d like to see some politicians in office for a change who could get on and tackle the important issues without endlessly looking at opinion polls to decide what their policies should be or telling us what they think about celebrities. I\’d also like more practical and financial help for jobseekers, carers and disabled people, small businesses, the self-employed and clamp downs on irresponsible lending and 2000 per cent loans etc. I agree with Bill on the cold calling and doorstepping front too. Up the revolution!

  7. Bill says:

    They all promise new thing when it comes to election timebut they only tell you what they want you know and when they get inthey move the goal post.Look what happend when the tories got in.The mines were closed down the docks shut down engineering has gone power sold off water .gas and whose paying for it now ? why cant they work together to solve our problems

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