more con-dem politics http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2010/aug/11/playground-plans-frozen-spending-cuts The Spending Challenge mr cameron wants to know how we can save money so lets tell mr cameron how we can save money having slipped through the swear censor how about these? some ideas already in the pubic domain are listed below 1)privatisation costs money a)Stop cutting public sector jobs – this will hit tax revenues, increase unemployment and make the deficit worse b)Cut the bankers’ bonuses, and make them pay for the crisis they caused c)Cut spending on private consultants and employment agencies – directly employed in-house staff are the best people to improve services and cost less d)Cut out the privatization profiteers – outsourcing and PFI are damaging our public services and cost the taxpayer more e)Stop wasting public money on privatising local services f)Scrap academies and so called free schools, as they cost more money. 2) nationalize the railways a)Nationalising the railways would allow the money which is currently used as subsidy but which goes to profit to private shareholders to be cut back, such as that to the ROSCOs, who charge extortionate rental prices for aging rolling And having a single nationalised operator would increase efficiency, consultancy could be brought in house and thus fees reduced, even new trains and maintenance could be brought in house to reduce the cost to the taxpayer. 3)Dont cut public sector jobs The idea that money can be saved by throwing people out of work is nonsense, for several reasons. First, there is a loss of tax revenue (both income tax and VAT) which are not factored into the calculation of so-called 'savings'. Second, the people made redundant will have to be paid redundancy money and then state benefits. The amount saved is just the difference between after-tax earnings and state benefit levels (plus redundancy pay), which might amount to about half what the Treasury calculates the saving to be (based on gross pay). Cutting jobs is therefore an extremely inefficient way of making savings. In addition to raising the welfare bill, it also has a knock-on effect in terms of deflating the whole economy, with a consequent further loss of tax receipts. The idea that the private sector will take up the slack is dangerous wishful thinking at a time when private debt is even greater than public debt and economic recovery remains fragile. Where are all of the care workers, child minders, librarians, school teaching assistants, PCSOs etc. going to find alternative employment? Does anyone think that McDonalds and Primark are going to find employment for 2.5 million people? Even if they could, is that the kind of world we want to be living in? 4)Defence: We do not need Trident. The nuclear deterrent We do not need Trident. The nuclear deterrent is outdated and its use as first-strike is surely unthinkable. Reducing nuclear weapons would give us (a second power nation) a strong moral authority in negotiating nuclear disarmament worldwide. Also abandon the military academy planned at St. Tathan, Glamorgan, saving £12 billion 5) tax the rich more Instead of attacking the poor, disabled, immigrants, children etc, how about we TAX THE RICH MORE. which of the above do you agree with , if any? do you wish to add any ideas ?