Monday, 26 April 2010

The UK Election and the Economy

A recent article in the economist made some concerning comparisons between the UK's recovery from the recent financial crisis and Japans recovery from the Asian banking crisis in the 1990s. The report compared the 2 countries of level of indebtedness and found them similar; it also stated that Japan has never really recovered from its economic momentum since the crisis.

I agree with the Economist that this is an unlikely outcome for the UK; I have a lot of faith in the UK's businesses and entrepreneurs to find a way to stay profitable and keep growing. However this growth can only be assured if business and the wider economy are supported by the government. With elections fast approaching and the outcome more uncertain than in recent years there are signs of fear in the stock market and public anxiety around a hung parliament.

This is the worst time for British politicians to try to learn the art of government by coalition and compromise when the economy is still in need of strong leadership and decisive action. Whatever the form of the next British government takes it must be able to act rapidly and with conviction.

The polls are suggesting the Liberal Democrats are doing better than ever before, this must surely increase the chances of a Hung Parliament. I hope that any coalition Government can quickly form a consensus on the direction of Britain's economic recovery, and the parties' inability to agree does not prevent a return to sustained growth. I was surprised that Nick clegg still feels that Uk should join Euro. It would have been a disaster for Uk if it had joined Euro. UK is much better outside Euro so that it can control its monetary policy as Uk's Economy is very much linked to global economy. Singapore ,a much smaller country and economy, is in the same position and is able to see high growth as it controls its own currency.

What ever the outcome of the elections i hope politicians of all parties will be more honest with the public about the state of economy and the need for structural reforms to return to economic growth and to balance the economy between various sectors and particularly to increase the role of manufacturing. Hard decisions will need to taken sooner than latter particularly in balancing the reduced role of government and recovery of the economy.

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