June 6, 2006

YUP, THE IDEAL MOMENT FOR DEMOCRATS TO RUN LEFT....:

Brown calls for public sector pay freeze: Chancellor says two more years of low settlements are necessary (Larry Elliott, June 6, 2006, The Guardian)

Gordon Brown last night put the government on a collision course with millions of public sector workers when he called for a three-year pay freeze as part of the fight to control inflation and cut the budget deficit.

In a speech designed to show he would not slacken the pace of New Labour reform as the likely successor to Tony Blair, the chancellor insisted this year's 2.25% pay deals would be the start of a prolonged period of belt-tightening.

Mr Brown showed he was willing to risk antagonising the unions in an attempt to position himself for the political struggle with David Cameron. Aware that the Conservatives are seeking to depict him as a "roadblock to reform", he urged the break-up of national pay bargaining, supported the case for replacing Britain's nuclear power stations, called for a "quicker, more flexible and more responsive" planning system and held out the prospect that he would bow to demands from business for lower corporate taxation.


Posted by Orrin Judd at June 6, 2006 8:27 AM
Comments

For those of you who have been following the Brits more closely than I, what does " replacing Britain's nuclear power stations" mean?

Posted by: ed at June 6, 2006 9:14 AM

I think it means using clean energy -- something called wax candles and water wheels.

Posted by: erp at June 6, 2006 9:53 AM

Whale oil

Posted by: Bryan at June 6, 2006 9:57 AM

Who exactly spent the money, Mr. Brown? You are chancellor of the exchequer, after all.

Posted by: Sandy P at June 6, 2006 9:57 AM

Who exactly spent the money, Mr. Brown? You are chancellor of the exchequer, after all.

Posted by: Sandy P at June 6, 2006 9:57 AM

'Corporate taxation' is an accounting scam - it's just income and capital gains taxes by another name.

Posted by: Mike Earl at June 6, 2006 1:47 PM
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