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Day October 19, 2007

The Week Ender: Why Small Business is so important.

This is my last rant of the week, but what angers me most, is the inability of politicians to understand one simple truth, if we want to deal with the future challenges like global warming, rising fuel prices, crime and traffic gridlock, we need more small businesses, and many, many more home businesses.... This in turn will do enormous damage to our economy, triggering probably more than one recession - in fact some believe we could see the biggest recession ever - dare I say more.If government had the insight to really help small and home business, this would have the following effects: less congested roads, because people would work from home or in their local communities,partly protect our economy from the effects of the oil-price rise to be expected,with less travel, we would need less roads, public spending would be affected positively,the environment would benefit enormously.This kind of small business support may very well help in areas, not immediately obvious like crime, health and in local communities: crime, because our kids would find someone at home when they get home, I have written about this before;health, the hours of work, especially travel, to and from work would diminish, this would give more free time to people and this in turn my very well help with some stress related health problems, or less drug abuse because of better child supervision, due to home and local working;local communities, would be come more vibrant again, with all it's social benefits.So why is government so hell bent on making small business and start-up business, like SOHO-, SME, SMB-, Micro-, Lifestyle-, Home-, DIY-, Hobby-, Boomer- or Personal business, like professional, contractors, freelancer, self-employed, sole-trader and virtual assistants, a target?

Full Frontal Attack on Small Business by UK Government Continues.

After all the "goodwill" they generated with their tax-hike for small business in the Pre-Budget-Report, they now send out the former home secretary Charles Clarke - who had to resign, because he couldn't even follow very simple rules, regarding foreign inmates, repeatedly - to lecture small business about doing better and "promised" more red-tape.... It is startling, how incompetent politicians are in dealing with small business, could it be that most of them have never had any experience in the real world, since most of them are career politicians?To me this all sounds like the bad old days, the government is failing on more and more fronts, NHS, schools, crime, public services, not sure if I should mention the war, and many other areas - yet will insist on lecturing us about our "failures".

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