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25/03/2012 18:36 BST | Updated 25/05/2012 06:12 BST

Osborne Gives Up on Regional Growth

If George Osborne brings in localised pay it will serve as an admittance that his economic plan is failing and he has given up on economic growth in some of the UK's poorest regions... The Coalition looks set to skip past an independent consultation and has devalued democracy yet again.

If George Osborne brings in localised pay it will serve as an admittance that his economic plan is failing and that he has given up on economic growth in some of the UK's poorest regions. The policy is regressive and could be incredibly dangerous for any coalition MPs who represent seats that will be directly affected by these reforms.

The Coalition looks set to skip past an independent consultation and has devalued democracy yet again. George Osborne will push that it is unfair on private sector workers whose pay is not in alignment with public sector workers who hold similar roles, however it is a case of the private sector getting even, not reducing the value of people's jobs in the public sector. This policy will isolate many voters from ever voting for a Lib Dem or Tory again.

MPs in some of the regions affected by these reforms will face serious electoral backlash, if they support them. Liberal Democrat and Conservative MPs, in the north especially, should have a big think before backing something that is devaluing their constituents - you can have as many photographs as you like standing outside a hospital to defend it, but now is a time for MPs to stand up and defend their constituents. This reform really shows the callous manner in which this government treats public sector workers.

The government has boasted about the value of bringing in high speed rail and that it can bridge the north and south divide, although it is becoming more and more evident that Osborne has closed the door on economic growth in the north of England. There is also the hypocritical element of this reform as it completely contradicts Osborne's proposal of increasing economic growth, as is going to leave people with less consumer spending power and will damage private sector growth as a result. It is important to point out that these proposals will not only impact on those in the north but also on other low income regions across the country.

George Osborne can boast an economic mandate, but it is ever changing and isn't in correlation with the foundations of the UK economy. During Labour's tenure we had 51% of people employed in the public sector and Osborne has viciously thrown millions of jobs away, as a result private sector growth has suffered.

Liberal Democrat MPs can't call themselves Social Democrats or Liberals if they support this reform - it is reminiscent of the regressive and repressive Government of the 1980s. This government may have a dash of yellow and, claim to like green energy but it is becoming obvious that the same old Tories are back and ready to divide Britain yet again, from rich to poor to north to south - it is imperative that we urgently challenge the cruel and vindictive manner in which Public Sector workers are being attacked.

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