Last week, here in the UK the Chancellor of the Exchequer took a calculated risk in the budget to bribe the middle classes at the cost of the poor. It did not work. The fall out of the attempted money grab has been somewhat overshadowed by what has happened in Brussels, however the Chancellor (a right wing wanker) announced to Parliament that he was reducing state payments to the disabled by £3.2 billion across the lifetime of this Parliament. Based on this budget, 370,000 disabled people stood to lose on average £3,500 each. The chancellor took a gamble. He raised the threshold of earnings for the higher tax rate, and he planned to use the cuts to disabled people to pay for it. Of course this makes sense on a really cynical level. Middle income middle class earners are much more likely to vote for the Tories than those who are poor and disabled and who have already seen their incomes cut by the Tories obsession with austerity.
It is something of an understatement to say that feathers were ruffled in both houses of Parliament and across all parties. The fall out was pretty much immediate. The Secretary of State for the Department or Work and Pensions resigned from the cabinet. He was adamant in his resignation letter that the government should be finding the best way to better use limited resources on those who are most in need of support, rather than frittering away meagre pots of money on bribing the electorate. The Tories slogan is that ‘we are all in it together’. The Secretary of State made it very clear on Sunday, in an interview, that he thought that was complete and utter codswallop.
The chancellor has had to back right down. Pretty much everybody thought this cut was a very bad plan. The budget would not have passed if he had kept the cut in. But, even though this support has been saved, the right wing wanker that is the Chancellor of the Exchequer really wanted to take that support and give it as a bribe to middle England. I am pleased to say that middle England said HELL NO, not on the backs of the disabled, thank you very much.
You should judge a society on the way it treats its less fortunate. In the UK our leaders have been judged and found wanting…….