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"Probe with bayonets. If you encounter mush, proceed; if you encounter steel, withdraw".

Nixon quoting Lenin, apparently.

Anyway, with Brown having decided to throw our money around and to 'do something', it is hardly surprising that the unions have decided that they want a slice of the pie too. Hell, it's only money.

So, here are extracts from Unison's laundry list:

"Working people, particularly the lower paid, must be protected from the worst effects of the crisis. Relief from rising fuel bills must be financed by a windfall tax on the profits of the energy sector, combined if necessary with price controls. Measures must be taken to minimise evictions and homelessness, including empowering councils to take on threatened homes. The current public sector pay policy, which imposes real terms pay cuts on millions of public service workers, must be abandoned.

Spending on public services must be increased to meet greater social need and counteract the downturn in the private sector. This will necessitate an increase in public debt, currently low by international and historic standards, and a rebalancing of our system of taxation so that corporations and wealthy individuals are required to pay their fair share".

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Anonymous Santa Claus 4 said... 10:48 am

Inevitably, Pollyanna Toytown, Seamus Milne etc. will use ANY economic news as an excuse to demand more spending.

The cupboard is bare? So what?  



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