F0ul Thoughts

Mild mannered on the outside, Free thinker on the inside

Wales – politics and the message!

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Went to a very interesting meeting today.  I heard a number of senior opinion formers talk about the future of Welsh business and it surprises me how different their messages are BEFORE the media get their hands on the story.

Wales, if you didn’t know, is a part of the UK.  Its much more rural than urban and has a history of heavy industry and the politics that go with it.  Since the introduction of modern lean manufacturing and cheaper competition from elsewhere, the place has had to change the way it makes a living.

The result is a very big public sector.  The size is difficult to calculate, but while 30% odd of the working population works directly for the state, at least another third are a part of that supply chain.  That bit is difficult to measure and that is the problem.  Wales is however very reliant on government money.

In real numbers the GDP of Wales is about the same as the turnover for Tescos!  That is enough to feed 3 million people.

So, what did these people say which made me feel so good?  They just said the obvious.  Grants don’t work.  Governments spending their time asking for more money doesn’t work.  What does work is a different mentality.  How about regional taxation?  Lower taxes for companies – make it cheaper to run a business in Wales?

How about having politicians who know more about real business?  Stop the growth of career politicians?  Stop the growth of non governmental positions which mean that someone could work their whole lives being paid by the tax payer?

Finally they highlighted something that no media channel will admit.  A collation government is good for the country.  Because both parties involved are unable to allow their extremists the chance to shine, the results work.  I guess the near future is all about partnerships and collaboration.

Funny enough though, that hasn’t happened in Wales – because they are still looking at their finances from the UK government, rather than the wealth creators of private industry.  Is there a lesson here?

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Written by f0ul

October 15, 2010 at 10:00 pm

Posted in politics

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  1. Surely it was Daniel J. Boorstin who said the famous line the quip – A sign of celebrity is that his name is often worth more than his services.

    Remote Monitor

    January 9, 2012 at 6:16 am


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