YOUR MP WRITES: David Davies MP for Monmouth

YOUR MP WRITES: Monmouth MP David Davies

YOUR MP WRITES: Monmouth MP David Davies

First published in Columnists South Wales Argus: Photograph of the Author by

THE question I am most frequently asked as an MP is: “Why is the government making cuts?”

The short answer is because the UK government is spending a lot more than it is receiving in taxes and is having to borrow vast amounts of money to make up the difference.

Even WITH the cuts that have taken place, the government is short of more than £100bn a year.

The money is borrowed and added to the total debt, which is currently more than one trillion pounds.

And who is it that lends us these hundreds of billions of pounds which we are overspending?

Why the banks, of course.

Those pesky bankers who we accuse of taking our money actually hand over far more to the British government every year than they received in the bail-out.

If we carried on, then we would become increasingly dependent on international banks and the dwindling numbers of countries like China who are happy to lend money to developed nations which don’t want to live within their means.

The Argus policy of allowing one small column prevents a longer explanation, but for those who are interested, I have set out the government’s economic approach in FAQ form on my website: daviddaviesmp.co.uk

● The defence minister gave a statement on the future of the Army on Thursday.

The Queen’s Dragoon Guards survives, although the 2nd Battalion Royal Welsh will be withdrawn from battle.

I am delighted for the QDG campaigners who worked with MPs from across Wales and the Welsh Affairs Committee (which I chair) to press their case.

While I appreciate the need to restructure given the financial situation which I mention above, I cannot understand why we are losing five British infantry battalions but keeping both Gurkha battalions intact.

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Perhaps the Royal Welsh need a glamorous film star to take up their cause.

● Parliament will shortly close for the summer and the national papers (not the Argus, which is extremely reputable) will be full of stories of MPs “putting their feet up for two months”.

It is utterly wrong to think if Parliament isn’t sitting, MPs are “on holiday”.

We each have an office in the constituency and I work normal office hours at least five days a week when Parliament is in recess.

To all Monmouth constituents I say: please ignore the tabloids and continue to contact me with issues.

I will be here.

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1:36pm Mon 9 Jul 12

Mr Bump. says...

Surely if you are not making enough through taxes, then you should be raising taxes, not cutting services. If you have a shortfall in taxes, why did you recently postpone to proposed rise in fuel duty? Why did you cut the top rate for high earners? Seems a bit daft to me, but i'm one of those strange people that doesn't mind paying taxes to get a better life.
Surely if you are not making enough through taxes, then you should be raising taxes, not cutting services. If you have a shortfall in taxes, why did you recently postpone to proposed rise in fuel duty? Why did you cut the top rate for high earners? Seems a bit daft to me, but i'm one of those strange people that doesn't mind paying taxes to get a better life. Mr Bump.
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2:10pm Mon 9 Jul 12

On the inside says...

Mr Bump. wrote:
Surely if you are not making enough through taxes, then you should be raising taxes, not cutting services. If you have a shortfall in taxes, why did you recently postpone to proposed rise in fuel duty? Why did you cut the top rate for high earners? Seems a bit daft to me, but i'm one of those strange people that doesn't mind paying taxes to get a better life.
I agree Mr Bump but the Argus invite Politicians to give a view and whilst I agree with almost nothing David Davies says, it is his view.

Unusually, I do agree with him on something. His points about how hard most MP's in all parties work is well made.
[quote][p][bold]Mr Bump.[/bold] wrote: Surely if you are not making enough through taxes, then you should be raising taxes, not cutting services. If you have a shortfall in taxes, why did you recently postpone to proposed rise in fuel duty? Why did you cut the top rate for high earners? Seems a bit daft to me, but i'm one of those strange people that doesn't mind paying taxes to get a better life.[/p][/quote]I agree Mr Bump but the Argus invite Politicians to give a view and whilst I agree with almost nothing David Davies says, it is his view. Unusually, I do agree with him on something. His points about how hard most MP's in all parties work is well made. On the inside
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2:52pm Mon 9 Jul 12

Walesrocs says...

Mr Bump. wrote:
Surely if you are not making enough through taxes, then you should be raising taxes, not cutting services. If you have a shortfall in taxes, why did you recently postpone to proposed rise in fuel duty? Why did you cut the top rate for high earners? Seems a bit daft to me, but i'm one of those strange people that doesn't mind paying taxes to get a better life.
The creation of jobs for the British would be a good step forward.

Our borders are open to most of the world and our industial base is turning its back on us by moving overseas.

Taxes are gained from people in work, and Labour took our work away to other shores. Let's get real, we need more jobs (and I do not mean stamp licking jobs).
[quote][p][bold]Mr Bump.[/bold] wrote: Surely if you are not making enough through taxes, then you should be raising taxes, not cutting services. If you have a shortfall in taxes, why did you recently postpone to proposed rise in fuel duty? Why did you cut the top rate for high earners? Seems a bit daft to me, but i'm one of those strange people that doesn't mind paying taxes to get a better life.[/p][/quote]The creation of jobs for the British would be a good step forward. Our borders are open to most of the world and our industial base is turning its back on us by moving overseas. Taxes are gained from people in work, and Labour took our work away to other shores. Let's get real, we need more jobs (and I do not mean stamp licking jobs). Walesrocs
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8:41pm Mon 9 Jul 12

Dee-Gee says...

If anyone wants to read DD trot out the usual "It's all Labour's fault" line, it's at

http://www.david-dav
iesmp.co.uk/newsshow
.aspx?id=5&ref=488

I don't recommend it - it's patronising and superficial, much as you'd expect from a chap who doesn't know his own website address.

Though the "Banks didn't cause the crisis - debt did!" line was good for a few laughs. Can't you just imagine him as the PR spokesman for a failing nuclear power plant?

"A number of things have caused this regrettable incident, one of which was electricity consumption..."

How stupid does he think we are?
If anyone wants to read DD trot out the usual "It's all Labour's fault" line, it's at http://www.david-dav iesmp.co.uk/newsshow .aspx?id=5&ref=488 I don't recommend it - it's patronising and superficial, much as you'd expect from a chap who doesn't know his own website address. Though the "Banks didn't cause the crisis - debt did!" line was good for a few laughs. Can't you just imagine him as the PR spokesman for a failing nuclear power plant? "A number of things have caused this regrettable incident, one of which was electricity consumption..." How stupid does he think we are? Dee-Gee
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