Daily View 2×2: 5 October 2009

2 Big Stories

Chancellor-on-way-out promises freeze in public managers’ pay:

The freeze in effect represents a pay cut. And by targeting the richest public-sector figures, it will be seen as a sign that the broadest shoulders must carry the heaviest burden.

Chancellor-in-waiting proposes raising retirement age:

Shadow chancellor George Osborne would raise the state pension age from 65 to 66 from 2016 if the Tories win the next election to help tackle the UK’s debts.

2 Must-read Posts

Cllr Daisy Benson gave her readers a story about the human stories behind the unemployment statistics:

This morning, on my way to work I bumped into a couple of my constituents on the bus.

I asked how they were doing – they looked downcast and said they were on their way to the Job Centre Plus in town.

Neil Stockley offered us his latest thoughts on how the Lib Dems can create a human-friendly story from our mountain of policy papers and philosophical thought… and begins by looking at people’s preconceptions and how they compare with the messages of our late conference:

Look at what happened at Bournemouth conference. Yes, the Lib Dems’ “fair taxes” are “for the ordinary people not the best off”. But talk of “savage cuts” – which are more likely to hit low and middle income people hardest – can surely be defended as “honest and principled”. These are hard to reconcile and I doubt that the phrase “progressive austerity” quite does it. (Where’s the story?). But retreating into fanciful and dishonest lists of unaffordable policies would not match the narrative either.

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  • Martin Land 6th Oct '09 - 7:39am

    Now the Tories actually have to state their policies, they start to get into difficulties.

  • “The gross saving may be 13bn,”

    Or possibly not
    http://webbsteve.blogspot.com/2009/10/tory-rise-in-state-pension-age-do-sums.html

    (Of course there is the possibility that Cameron/Osbourne are better at understanding pensions than Steve Webb)

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