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An try by way of Conservative MPs to place ahead and clarify their perspectives in regards to the so-called technological revolution. The members recommend that govt needs to face the problem of handling the social results of this transformation or hazard social upheaval and distress.
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The NorthSouth divide is much misunderstood; but it is deeply engrained. Whilst the attitude prevails, the more carrots and fewer sticks, the greater the sympathy and opportunity. A national urban renewal corporation acting in England with the determination that the Scottish and Welsh Development Agencies have shown would enable us to achieve in English cities the dramatic success now seen in the East End of London and on the banks of the Mersey. And it would end the increasing perception that a great part of this country matters less and less, or not at all.
In addition, we have encouraged consumption as opposed to investment in our government expenditure profile. Just take the past decade. Index-linking decisions taken by the Conservatives in the low inflation years of the 1970s for public sector pensions were curiously followed under a Labour government by the Rooker-Wise amendment to index-link tax thresholds for society at large. When one remembers, in addition, that most of the debate about the allocation of public resources took place in the context of no increase in real spending, it is easy to see why the role of governments was so constrained.
The number of jobs so far created is 10,000. The number of projects assisted is more than 750. On this formula by the time £40 million has been spent more than 25,000 jobs will have been created and more than 2,000 businesses will have been helped. Instead of having a future of declining pits fast approaching exhaustion, the mining communities involved have a range of firms that will give their children a diversity of opportunities in the future. The 'multiplier effect' was operated by a similar company created by British Steel.