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Lebowski

Member since Aug 2014 • Last active Nov 2022
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    Completely agree with what @amey said above

    I will vote labour but I am allowed to say that he is wrong. And he is wrong.

    When Nigel Farage starts cheering Labour's immigration policy, I think it's time to take the blinkers off and admit Labour might have got it wrong this time.

    https://www.independent.co.uk/independen­tpremium/uk-news/keir-starmer-immigratio­n-labour-nigel-farage-b2230805.html

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    So actually we don't need to cut immigration to 'wean business off cheap labour' then?

    I honestly can't believe we are still having this argument about immigration 5 years on.

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    Sure, but that's why we have a minimum wage. If he wants higher wages for all those fruit pickers and cleaners (immigrants or locals), just raise the minimum wage

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    Isn't this just the same shit we heard during the Brexit debate? That immigration is driving down wages. And wasn't it proven that overall this is not the case (except for unskilled labour) and that the actual solution to low pay is to raise the minimum wage and increase and support union membership. Clearly this was not something the Brexit supporting tories were going to listen to.

    Why Starmer is jumping on their bandwagon I don't know.

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    So I wonder how much of the 'fiscal black hole' would be filled by easing immigration controls and relieving the worker shortage to get growth up a bit.

    And I also wonder if the public were given the choice between that and spending cuts which one they would go for

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    Not attacking you directly, but I really hate this attitude from people.

    And I know you weren't saying this, but the idea of not voting for or supporting a person (who I potentially agree with and who I personally like) because I don't think they can win an election, is quite self defeating in my opinion.

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    She genuinely sounds like a person you'd enjoy having lunch with. Unlike 95% of other politicians

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    Christ, that turnout is awful.

    As is Sarah Huckabee Sanders becoming governor of Arkansas.

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    I completely agree with your point about minimal credibility, but I think the markets do care about distribution, in that it was obvious to all (except Truss and team) that reducing the additional tax rate (and other giveaways) was very unlikely to produce much growth, but reducing VAT for instance, may. The markets also didn't like the lack of OBR forecasts and the promise of more unfunded tax cuts to come from Kwarteng.

    My point is that just because we are currently running a deficit, doesn't mean we need to cut spending in order to fill the 'black hole'. As we found out in 2011, by cutting spending we actually prolonged the recession by a few years, as compared to the US and other EU countries that didn't implement austerity.

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