In analysing George Osborne’s smoke screen budget, the Institute for Fiscal Studies director Paul Johnson, is succinct and to the point saying that “tax credit recipients in work will be made worse off by the measures in the budget on average.” His institute puts the figure at up to £1,000 a year worse off.
Of course, George doesn’t stop there and we can also read of the maintainence grant for students from poor families being scrapped, while housing benefits and job seekers allowances for young people are also being done away.
‘The Guardian’s’ Mary O’Hara, respeonded to the Government doing away with the Independent Living Allowance for disable people by saying “If you were to have a serious accident that left you with a severe disability, would you want to be shut away, out of sight and out of mind?” She hits the nail on the head, and George, David, Ian, and their cronies, just don’t see the working poor, disabled people who are trying to live independent lives, and vulnerable young people. Yes, indeed, “out of sight and out of mind.”
Manchester Airport is not too far from Chester. Wel, not as the crow flies, but the not being invested in rail mant that the battered, antiquaited train, sort of stuttered, and started, and stopped at every station, before rolling into Chester. Yesterday evening I went for a little stroll around this rather pretty town and there was this little demonstration in the centre of the town against the Tory cuts generally and against this budget in particular.
The Chinese have a saying, “Tiān gāo, huángdì yuǎn”, which translates as “heaven is high and the emperor is far away”. In the Chinese context it might be used to describe a remote lawless place far from the authorities. Where Blighty is concerned distance is not really the issue,but it does, of course, help to keep “them” out of sight. My heart sort of went out to that little demonstration, but if I were asked, what can you do? Well, it is time to get in the emperor’s face and at least embarass these heartless, self-serving, parasites.