Budget 2014 Background

The 2014 budget has to be looked at, as all budgets do in the context of the overall economic position of the Country. The situation is still extremely difficult but it is better than it was four years ago.

The scale of the problem is demonstrated by the fact that even though the Government has reduced the annual deficit by a third the Country is still having to borrow an estimated £109billion this year just to pay the bills. No individual, no business, no organisation can continue for long paying out more than it gets in.

Fortunately, the economy is growing again. The latest forecast from the Independent Office of Budget Responsibility is that the economy will grow by 2.7% in the current year.

The reason why all this is important is that it is only because the Conservatives have a long-term economic plan which is making it possible to help savers. pensioners and families. In the long-term it is for the benefit of our children and grandchildren that we get the nations finances in order so we don’t pass the debts we have built up on to them.

Jury Service

I have just spent the last couple of weeks on jury service. I had never been selected before although Sue ( my wife was selected a couple of years ago so she had given me a bit of briefing). I had to report to Lancaster Crown Court. Originally 19 jurors were there then 3 were allowed to go.  There is quite a bit of waiting to do as cases which are not trials are dealt with. Lancaster Crown Court is situated in the old Lancaster Castle and is the oldest Court in the Country. It is a great location.

12 jurors are randomly selected for each trial and my name was drawn out both times. When Sue went she missed out and never got to sit on a jury. Jurors are warned not to discuss the cases and I am therefore not going to make any comment at all about the two cases I sat on. I will say all the other jurors were a great group of people from all walks of life and it is difficult to think of a better system for determining the disputed facts of a criminal case.