PREVAILING AGAINST THE ODDS

 

Each morning I wake up I think about how to make this day a success what I should write on my facebook or twitter to encourage someone, therefore this morning I wrote the following:

“Another day to pave the way, another day to have your say, no matter what the circumstances, no matter what the challenges are in adopting an attitude of resilience and a positive mental attitude there can only be one result and I call it success. Seize the day and stay bless.”

The background of such thought was the thought of how do we move forward in crisis or rather through cuts, how are we motivated, inspired and propelled to survive against the odds?

It is inevitable that there will be cuts, cuts and more cuts as announced by the Government. However could there be reprieve as consultations are presently being undertaken, the Unions threatening to strike, strike and strike to ensure that such austerity measures are not imposed on the British public or more directly their members.

Without a doubt whichever side of the political divide whether being a Tory, Labour, Liberal or whatever party you are affiliated it is more likely that the effect will be felt.  But what do nations do with such a major deficit? Prime Minister David Cameron is leading the charge in balancing books with support of the Liberal Democratic Party creating the coalition.

It is said that the Coalition has defied conventional expectations about instability, it is said to be a government built to last a full, five-year parliamentary term. There will be differences of opinion within the government, but it is recognized as a sign of strength rather than weakness it is said.

In an article in the Telegraph 5th September 2010 both David Cameron and Nick Clegg sets out the two key shifts in national life they wanted to bring about:

  1. Making decisions for the long-term. “This is a horizon shift for government, moving away from short-term obsessions towards investment in the future. So we’re going to bring long-term thinking in government, doing the things we have to do to equip this country for long term success.”
  2. Putting power in people’s hands. “There needs to be a power shift, moving power from Whitehall and the state to people and their communities. This power shift is visible in our plans for local government, public service reform, and crucially political reform

While most if not all agrees there need to be cuts what seems to  be lacking is  the national consensus as to how to go about delivering such cuts to the approval of the majority of the British Public. Without a doubt a job loss is less food on the table, less money in the bank which will have a deep impact on housing and many other features of basic living which no one denies.

In wades the Unions and as is reported “In a series of angry speeches at the TUC conference, union leaders accused the Coalition Government of jeopardizing services and hitting the worst-off hardest in next month’s spending review. They overwhelmingly backed calls for a co-ordinated campaign of resistance, including industrial action, to moves that the unions warn will cost hundreds of thousands of jobs.” The Independent 14 Sept. 2010

In a break with Labour’s equivocal attitude in recent years to union action,  Harriet  Harman, the party’s acting leader, said Labour  would stand behind their right to “campaign, demonstrate, protest” to defend jobs and services. She told the conference in Manchester: “We will not be silenced by the right wing characterizing protest as undemocratic. Trade unionists have the democratic right to protest. We will not be deterred by suggestions that this is illegitimate – it is perfectly within the law.

It is clear and obvious that there is the need for the deficit to be reduced, either way we look at it there will be cuts therefore navigating the process with less pain should be the ultimate goal. It is imperative that all sides maintain a cool head and sit down and talk in the national and best interest of every one. Not everyone will be happy but at least there will be the drive to achieve a national consensus.

I say to you my good friend  it is Another day to pave the way, another day to have your say, no matter what the circumstances, no matter what the challenges are, in adopting an attitude of resilience and a positive mental attitude there can only be one result and I call it success. Seize the day and stay bless

© September 2010

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/politics/7981764/Cameron-and-Clegg-We-will-not-budge-on-voting-reforms.html

 

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/angry-union-leaders-warn-government–of-national-strikes-2078438.html

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  1. #1 by Coulette on September 15, 2010 - 2:16 pm

    I found your quote to be very inspiring, and very helpful to the everyday ailments that plague not only Britain but the rest of the world.

    I don’t want to sound negative, however, I must add that whatever the government finds fruitful spending, always comes out of the tax payers money, however, the cuts that the government seem to think is beneficial usually comes from the budgets that the citizens will benefit in the future. i.e. Education, Healthcare, etc. Atleast that is where it comes from in the US.

    It is true that cuts are unavoidable at this time in the game, however, the governments need to consider that not all of us were born with a silver spoon in our mouths and what is a necessity for some is a privilege to others.

    We place our values on certain things that are not irrelevant to our everyday lives, but could be reconsidered. Example, everyone has talents of their own demise, however, just because one can play football better than someone else and can land a career as a pro ball player, does that mean we should accept the fact that they make millions of dollars? I would rather pay the people who are making an impact on the future of tomorrow. However, because of mishandled tax payers dollars, our children’s futures and opportunities are being jeopardized because of the values that we seem to think are important.

    Nowadays when you ask a child what they want to be you usually hear, an actress, a football star, a rapper, etc. And I always tell them the skies the limit, but not every child is going to make it in those fields. We really need to rethink about what we are teaching our children and what we place our priorities in and have the government reconsider cutting back on education expenses. What use to be beneficial programs in school these days are now a memory of the past.

    Here in the US because of budget cuts, we no longer have music in our curriculum, unless you already know how to play instrument then you can continue to play in the school band. This is just one example I can go on and on and on, but honestly will it really do any good?

  2. #2 by sylbourne on September 15, 2010 - 3:01 pm

    This is very interesting as it seems that government need to now look at the wider picture than the bigger picture, hence looking at the effect of the cuts rather than the balance sheet.

    My mate just said what about the Banks they seem to be getting away with highway robbery, maybe we should have let them follow through with their threats and leave the UK would that be an alternative? Maybe, as their is no shortage of bankers plus even banks are now being create.

    Either way sustainable solutions is needed and fast one can hear the rolling thunder of the unions.

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