What a joyous sentence

Andrew Dickie says:
November 16 2015 at 10:16 am
If the Atlee Government had followed the perverse logic of the current Government, not only would we have had no Welfare State, we would also never have dealt with the UK’s massive indebtedness, at 250% of GDP – dealt with by spending into the economy in the way you set out in this post, Richard, and leading to MacMillan’s 1959 “you’ve never it so good” boom – and would probably now be an even an more debt-burdened, impoverished Third World Disney theme park, where tourists would be surrounded by scruffy street urchins, begging for meagre hand-outs, with cries of “Baksheesh, baksheesh!”

The dingbat seems unaware that Atlee’s government ran budget surpluses at least at times…..

13 thoughts on “What a joyous sentence”

  1. Perhaps if, to support New Jerusalem spending, successive governments hadn’t hobbled a former international trading economy by maintaining harsh, tight and bureaucratic exchange controls, involving lots of paperwork to export even a magazine, beyond the end of the war until 1979(!), the economy would have been better off sooner.

  2. If the Atlee Government had followed the perverse logic of the current Government, not only would we have had no Welfare State

    Sounds good to me.

    we would also never have dealt with the UK’s massive indebtedness, at 250% of GDP – dealt with by spending into the economy

    Eh, no. That would have more to do with us no longer having to fight a ruinously expensive world war.

    Actual spending fell sharply between 1945 and 1950, and the National Debt never reached 250% of GDP even during WW2.

    Economic growth, healthy demographics, and relatively low expectations of the NHS – not Richie’s magic money tree – is what made the welfare state look affordable during the latter half of the 20th century.

  3. If the Atlee government had followed the “perverse logic” of the current government, it would have spent more than twice as much on welfare including pensions.

  4. So not having a welfare state and an enormous debt would be the death of us?

    Non-too bright really is not adequate to cover these lads is it.

  5. Murphy’s shite on Entrepreneurs Relief is glorious too:
    1. We don’t need it cos it won’t change entrepreneurs’ behaviour.
    2. It isn’t having the desired effect because it is causing undesired behaviour.
    3. I’m an entrepreneur and I’m so bright I emit solar radiation from my backside.

  6. Isn’t the entrepreneurs relief thread the one where he was asked if he benefited from it and he replied he sold his business at the worst time for this relief. Which would mean he can’t even give himself good tax advice.

  7. He sold his business at the time Mrs Murphy Mk1 decreed. So in that sense, no, it had no impact on behaviour at all.

  8. I think it’s fair to say that the period of the 20th century being referred to doesn’t exactly count as normal conditions so drawing comparisons with current state is fraught with difficulty, not that this seems to stop idiots like the article author who want to make a point.

  9. Ironman – Candidly, like the Sun, Mr Murphy is largely composed of noxious gas.

    Page 3 girls are not noxious gases, thank you very much. 😉

  10. Sam Jones

    What is even funnier is the post even mentions Tim FFS! How he even turns his computer on is a mystery – what an absolute buffoon. As for Dickie, this is a man reasonably content with the murder of 50 million people so expecting logic is a futile exercise!

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