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Not warmed by chilly forecast from George

YOU may have gathered through reading my columns that my political allegiance is something people may struggle to define.

EM Darren McSweeney
Darren McSweeney

Through the comments left on the Evening Mail’s website, letters and comments in the street, I have been called a bleeding heart Liberal, a Socialist and also accused of exposing my Tory roots, so that covers pretty much the lot of them!

I have over the years voted for two different parties but I’m yet to be pleased by any of them to be honest.

This week, as Mr Osborne delivered his autumn statement, we’ve seen the full onset of winter – slightly more than a coincidence there I think. The statement sent a chill down the spine of many hard working families.

Of course, “We’re all in this together”. Are we? Andy Burnham, the Labour MP, described it as “the most deceptive and cruel piece of spin this country ever heard” – I think he may be right.

The chancellor came out with another absolute gem, referring to those who live on benefits as the “people with the curtains drawn, while others go to work”. He then went on to explain further measures, that when added to those cuts already announced to working tax credits, child benefits and others, mean the majority of those hit are those in work. The guy is obviously out of touch with the country.

The change to the higher rate tax banding means an extra five million people will now be pushed into this band. When I was younger, this was the domain of the rich, the bank manager, the odd contractor who worked silly hours or offshore. It is now heavily populated by people who do not regard themselves, or indeed feel, wealthy at all.

The Chancellor threw in a smokescreen by way of raising the lower tax threshold – yet a day later, once the economic analysts had time to fully explore and model the plans, it’s those at the very bottom who will feel the pinch the worst. They’ll now join the heavily squeezed middle. Who’s missing? Oh, yes the top end – and they’re getting a tax break!

A day later and the same government were reporting on the West Coast rail fiasco– a government blunder that could cost us upwards of £50 million. How can we trust this lot, they keep blaming their predecessors for everything, but they can’t keep doing that when they’re burning money like this.

Then corporate tax dodgers “volunteer” to pay a token amount of corporation tax from the loose change in their coffee cups – I wonder what would happen to a working family who tried to make such a voluntary tax arrangement – maybe I’ll give it a try and let you know how I get on!

Have your say

YOU may have gathered through reading my columns that my political allegiance is something people may struggle to define.

Or maybe people don't care!

Posted by Tony on 11 December 2012 at 20:46

Yes, yes but what on earth are you trying to say?

The 'corporate tax dodgers'as you call them were actually operating perfectly legally with the rules as drawn up by the (We cannot get our accounts audited but YOU can trust us, honest guv) European Union.
There is absolutely nothing stopping you or I looking into these rules and minimises our tax theft (despite ex-tree hugger Danny Alexander informing this pleb that it is my 'obligation' to pay tax to the government every tax that isn't voluntary is theft) other than we don't have the time, cannot be bothered, or accept that our place in life is to pay taxes to help those worse off even when those taxes make us members of the 'worse off' class because we have 'the vote'.

And then there is Ed Davey wandering around the world as does a certain Dai Cameroid hosing billions of pounds the government doesn't have to put out fires in foreign lands because it is the responsible thing to do. What is the point in paying a penny in tax if those spending that tax blow it?

Posted by Tony on 10 December 2012 at 16:47

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