Today’s the day that the major political parties issued their manifesto’s for the forthcoming election, so what would we want in Construction?
Here are some thoughts of my own:
- Get serious about CO2 reductions in existing properties, and give some incentives to the general public to make us do it
- Reduce VAT on conversions/alterations to domestic work to 5%
- Keep the momentum going in the Building Schools for the Future programme, don’t cut back
- Cut regulations for private house building, give some relaxation to section 106 agreements and allow some flexibility for what a local authority really needs
- Get serious about our energy infrastructure, gas and oil will run out eventually make use of the great intellectual talent that the UK has to offer and look at the alternatives available. We need to generate more power now. We need a joined up strategy and policy.
- Get tough with companies that pay late, give SME’s some real power, stop letting big companies use little companies as another source of funding.
- Stop developing Heathrow and build a new London airport in the Thames estuary
- Build the high speed rail link from London to Scotland
- Bring in decent transparent reform within the banking sector that we all understand, that enables banks to lend sensibly to everyone
- Cut government waste
Now alternatively if you want something to make you smile take a look at the Monster Raving Loony Party Manifesto – there’s something in there for everyone!
Well I’ve saved my blog until today because I went to the game last night against Barcelona and what a game it was! We were outplayed from the start but you have to hand it to our lads; they did get back into it and Theo really did make the difference for us. At the end it was 10 v 10.5 men with Cesc limping around the pitch, but what an atmosphere! It was good to see Thierry back there too and he got a great ovation when he came on, then nearly broke through to score so we all started booing! He was the last man off the pitch at the end to rousing cheers and applause. A game like that makes it all worthwhile paying the season ticket fees. It’s a shame that Bendtner wasted such a good chance in the second half.
Speaking of waste… Next week I expect we will have the election to occupy the media, but I for one think that a lot of the stuff being said about government waste is valid. If the country was run as a proper business there would be far more cuts in government waste. How do they think companies like mine in the private sector survive? We cannot go out there and borrow money on the never never, the banks won’t lend anything; we have to make painful and hard decisions about people’s lives. I’m really undecided this time who to vote for; nothing inspires me about politics at the moment. Having said that I’m meeting someone today who is standing as an MP so I’d better be careful, as we may be able to help him in a business venture…