Department of “well, duh!”

Parties accept jobs will be lost in efficiencies battle

All three main parties have conceded job losses will result from cuts in public sector budgets as the row over their spending plans has continued.

No one can have believed there wouldn’t be job losses, can they?

The firm I work at has undergone “efficiency savings” and a large portion of it has involved sacking people and making those left work harder. People have noticed.

Perhaps as Paul discusses the electorate is stupid but I think the more likely option is that no one party wanted to be the first mover anything difficult – and this is an election of the difficult.

For in politics it is better to be wrong with the pack than correct on your own.

One thing is certain, the standard of policy debate we’re going to be treated to in the next four weeks will limbo beneath the back breaking low bar already set.

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Gay?

The My gay vote website have put together some graphs on how the Parliamentary parties have voted on Gay issues.

They want us to vote for them, but do they vote for us in Parliament?

Conservatives Labour Liberal Democrats

Equalise age of consent #

Bringing age of consent for gays down to 16 in line with straight couples.

14%
14%
95%
95%
91%
91%

Repeal of Section 28 #

Abolishing the ban on local councils being able to distribute any material relating to homosexuality.

24%
24%
99%
99%
100%
100%

Equal adoption rights #

Allowing gay couples to adopt.

6%
6%
94%
94%
100%
100%

Civil partnerships #

Giving gay couples the same legal protections and privileges straight couples enjoy.

65%
65%
99%
99%
100%
100%

Equality act #

Preventing people from being discriminated against because they’re gay.

26%
26%
96%
96%
88%
88%
Averages 27% 97% 96%

I think there’ll be more coming from this site as the election continues so take a look now and in the next few days.