Yeah, automation is a massive worry. When I started there were loads of staff at hundreds of HMRC offices in town and city had several different branches (Birmingham 1-10, Walsall 1-3 for instance). You picked up the 'phone and spoke to someone about your client. Now so many jobs have gone over the last 25 years HMRC is a joke. It's so difficult getting something complicated sorted because there's a skeleton telephone team with little technical knowledge and that's it ! It is so frustrating. And now it's going full circle now with the accountancy profession. I'm going 100% luddite, fastTacalabala wrote:Automation, I'm seeing this creeping in where I am, I think it will decimate the finance sector and finance jobs, if you are a business you simply must do this because the cost-benefit is overwhelming. No point in being sad about, it's just our generations horse-drawn carriage isn't it?bluenosey wrote:Let's face it Murf, it was all managed very well by Labour. Abbott was the only spanner in works and I think she's got to go, but her constituents do like her.murf wrote:JC DID back down on the principles.
Quietly and successfully Corbyn and the Parliamentary Labour Party put their differences behind them and came up with a compromise manifesto they could all support. For each 'side' there was compromise and going back on principles but they somehow kept their grumbles quiet and 'sang off the same hymn sheet' for the required time and it worked. Diane Abbot becoming 'ill' was a masterstroke!!! Well played Labour. Not sure how it would have hung together if they'd won!!!
There is a part of me that would love to see a Gov't run by Labour. My job is in jeopardy at the moment as all of tax is moving on-line, something called Making Tax Digital. I'm OK for now but could become a beached whale by the time I'm 50 (not in weight though ) Labour coming in would freshen everything up and I know that they would tinker with everything so that would only be good news for me.
It is refreshing to see that there are sensible people in the Conservative party and they can see where they have totally ballsed this up. I don't even disagree that they are trying to tackle problems, but their method is plain wrong:
NHS spending - they just need to commit to increase per head every year. I would go further and propose that the NHS is 'spun off' into a public company much like the BBC, and leave medical profession to spearhead it. Hell, why not have the head of the NHS as an elected position, sans political interference? And here's a suggestion - ban private healthcare?
Triple lock pensions is unsustainable, double lock long term has to come in otherwise you are going to hit a point where the young greatly suffer.
Means test winter fuel payments - I don't think you can do this, there is warped sense of fairness in penalising people who did well in their life by making them pay more in later years to not die of the cold.
Social care - I think there needs to be a consensus built across all the parties about what to do, it's in our shared interest to get this right.
Scrap free school lunches - nonsense, every child should be treated equally in state schools.
School spending - like the NHS, commit to increase per head every year, and spin off. End academies programme, again ban private education?
BREXIT - Suspend the process for 6 months, and would bring in a cross party negotiating team (Con, Lab, LD and SNP) with mandate to explore all possible options in discussions with Europe, including what the EU could offer in return for staying, or a 'Norway/Swiss' deal. Leaving without a deal must be rejected as an option.
Lot's of sensible points above.
The difference between double and triple lock is such small beans. I think some pensioners, sometimes, can be a bit selfish. I'm never supposed to bite but I had a see a client a few weeks back moaning about all of her pensions. She was in higher rate. Just gone back to work, taxed at 40%. Always moaning about her tax. She was moaning that much that I had to say, look, you're doing OK . I've got a pension. My fund has got got 5K in it. It will give me £11 a month when I retire and my retirement age is being pushed back so stop effing moaning (I din't say that BTW ) But that's what it's like. There was a silence and I thought I had got my point over but she then proceeded to moan about how hard done by she was and said she was getting no interest on her cash. 600K just sitting in a current account . Well, I had to count to ten - sympathise - and take a swig of tea. I see this a lot. Of course not all OAPs are like that. Some are absolutely lovely. But I do see the difference in the generations.
NHS - I think we need to ringfence an amount. We need money ploughed in but not wasted on "pen pushers" Also I would keep private healthcare. That reduces the strain on the NHS.
Re fuel payments, you can means test. Continue to pay the fuel payment to everyone BUT either place a restriction in their tax code if a PAYE pensioner or tick a box on self assessment return. This is what happens for those with child benefit payments where someone earns over 50K. It's clawed back. It can be done and I think winter fuel should be stopped for all higher rate taxpayers. That seems sensible.
Brexit - I'm still in favour of but this is going to be tricky form one point - Freedom of movement. Whilst it's economical beneficial for an EU citizen to work in other country (as long as skilled), it's very worrying trying to keep track of who's going where from a terrorist angle. You don't know who you are letting in. This is the crux of the problem and also undercutting of wages. It's still so divisive so in a way, I would like to see Davis and Starmer working together for the best possible deal for the country.
Social Care - this won't go away now. It's a ticking time bomb, like pensions. Due to the uproar the Tories will probably drop this for the next election, which will get them back some more votes but alas, won't sort the problem
I think pretty much we all want whats best, it's how we do it.