A government committed to change?

Last week Alastair Darling predicted that Britain is facing its worst economic slowdown for 60 years, and he partially apportioned the blame on the current government.  This week the government introduced new loans for some first time buyers, and stamp duty breaks for a handful of properties in order to kick start the housing market.  Next week, new steps to help fuel poverty will be announced.  For all appearances, the Government seems to be working hard to improve the situation it holds itself responsible for.  It could be argued that these are political moves, aiming to gain voters’ favour, something that has been in decline for the current government for some time (see forthcoming Voluntary Sector Strategic Analysis).  Being open and frank about the current situation encourages feelings of trust.  Likewise, those people able and currently willing to buy houses costing under £175,000, or first time buyers able to secure a mortgage will also be pleased, especially given that David Cameron has said he will match Labour spending in 2010/11, and will therefore be unable to make tax cuts if the Conservatives won the next election. 

Whatever the motive, these moves are likely to affect some of the people that the VCS support, and could affect overall voters opinions of Labour.  It would be interesting to hear your opinions on this, for example:

  • How do you think this will affect the people you support?
  • Do you think these efforts will stimulate the slowing economy?
  • How do you think these moves will affect voters’ opinions, and in turn, do you think this could have an effect on the next general election?
Last updated at 15:08 Mon 18/May/09.
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