The government is staring defeat in the face over tax credit cuts, which have been compared to Maggie and the poll tax. George Osborne posed as the champion of working class strivers in the last election and vowed he was behind these people all the way.To do a total about face now that the election is in the bag is a cynical step too far. It was adding insult to injury when George said he was making £15 billion from these cuts, and would his critics like to suggest a similarly lucrative alternative?
Some nerve! It is George’s mishandling of the economy that has made these cuts necessary. He stuck blindly to austerity alone while urged weekly by Boris Johnson that austerity alone was not enough, boost the economy FGS! Cut the top rate of tax, cut national insurance, stimulate the economy, but for three years, George borrowed like a madman, while refusing to comply. Once he finally listened to Boris, the economy took off like a rocket.
In spite of our healthy economy, that borrowing must now be repaid. It is the height of injustice that the burden be dumped on the very struggling strivers George swore to protect.
The chances of the government being defeated on plans to cut tax credits in the Lords next week have risen markedly after the Liberal Democrat leader, Tim Farron, instructed his peers to vote for the fatal motion to block them.
Farron has been arguing that the specific tax credits measure was not in the Conservative party manifesto and was even specifically denied by David Cameron in a leaders’ tv election debate. When George makes these sweeping decisions, does he spend any time thinking who he is hurting, and what they will have to go through? Does he even live in the real world?