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    David Burbage MBE was Leader of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council from 2007-2016. This blog : Promoted by Geoff Hill on behalf of David Burbage and all other Windsor and Maidenhead Conservative candidates, all of 2 Castle End Farm, Ruscombe, Berkshire RG10 9XQ
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Archive for March, 2012

Economics Lessons

Posted by davidburbage on March 24, 2012

I blog this because it is doing the email rounds…… a nice tale of irresponsibility . . . . no idea if it is true or not but looks like it’s been Anglicised – refers to dollars alongside Gordon Brown . . .

An economics teacher at a local school made a statement that he had never failed a single student before, but had recently failed an entire class. That class had insisted that Gordon Brown socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer.

The teacher then said, “OK, we will have an experiment in this class on the Gordon Brown plan”. All grades will be averaged and everyone will receive the same grade so no one will fail and no one will receive an A…. (substituting grades for dollars – something closer to home and more readily understood by all).

After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a B. The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy. As the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too so they studied little.

The second test average was a D! No one was happy.

When the 3rd test rolled around, the average was an F.

As the tests proceeded, the scores never increased as bickering, blame and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else.

To their great surprise, ALL FAILED and the teacher told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great, but when government takes all the reward away, and gives to those who do nothing, no-one will try or want to succeed.
It could NOT be any simpler than that.
Remember,there IS a test coming up.The next election.

These are possibly the 5 best sentences you’ll ever read and all applicable to this experiment:

1. You can not legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.

2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.

3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.

4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it!

5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation.

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Tax Transparency Can Pay Great Dividends

Posted by davidburbage on March 20, 2012

This : http://www.newstatesman.com/blogs/the-staggers/2012/03/statements-osborne-chancellor

As the Royal Borough were the first local authority to publish expenditure over £500, a motion I proposed, it is a logical extension to inform taxpayers how much they are spending on each area of Government departments….

After all, Councils already have to publish their breakdown of figures. It is open to misinterpretation of course if people don’t do the right research !

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Stephen Greenhalgh makes final budget speech

Posted by davidburbage on March 1, 2012

Whilst I’m on riots and taxation, this part of the Greenhalgh farewell was particularly interesting :

Last summer we were surrounded by a ring of riots in Ealing, Brent, Notting Hill and Clapham.
Yet H&F clocked up only 10 offences whereas Ealing suffered 300 crimes.
And for that I pay tribute to the Borough Commander and the local police for keeping our streets safe Anti-social behaviour on our council estates is being challenged.
We have taken active steps to evict the worst tenants and roll out CCTV on our estates.

In his last budget speech he says “we are no longer alone” and mentions Windsor and Maidenhead amongst others.

And I’d far rather be a politician announcing a 3.75% cut to Council Tax, than a politician announcing a 3.49% increase….. we will see whose is the wiser course of action in the weeks and years to come.

Two years ago we cut Council Tax by 4%. A commenter posted “this is all very well but let’s see if they can keep it up for four years”.  Well, H&F have done so five times out of six, and we’re on three in a row. So it is possible, and what is more, services actually get better as the business focusses on efficiency to residents – not just job protection for any under-utilised officials. We’re finding the same.

The overall resident satisfaction score for council services was average for London and 203rd in the country. H&F’s value for money rating was shockingly bad: 363rd out of 387 local authorities. It was this Conservative administration that took control of the council’s finances and got a grip after 20 years of Labour mismanagement and waste. After only two years of Conservative control, H&F’s score for overall council satisfaction score rose to 9th and 10th for value for money in the country.

Cllr Greenhalgh certainly led the way and has transformed the taxation debate in Hammersmith and Fulham, and to an increasing extent, across the country.

Good for Stephen. I hope we’ll hear more from him.

[photo credit : Con Home, linked above]

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