This Tory led government has attacked jobs, pensions and pay and has been complicit in the privatisation of public services. It has launched an all out attack on those entitled to welfare and has demonised all who claim it. This great economic plan, the governments strategy to bring down the deficit, has done no more than worsened rather than improved the economy and has devastated the lives of ‘ordinary’ people by making the UK a brutal and uncaring place in which to live.
This Tory led government has turned its back on a whole generation of young people, with more than a million young people unemployed. The disgraceful actions of Maria Miller and the closure of the 27 Remploy factories demonstrates the little regard this government has for the disabled, stripped of their work and of their dignity with benefits being cut. This government seems to have little regard for the 1% and has pitched the public sector against the private sector in a race to the bottom.
With unemployment rising while living standards are falling, increased energy bills, increased travel costs and the almost nationwide emergence of foodbanks, high levels of job insecurity and an army of exploited, unemployed people providing free labour to big companies and other organisations as part of the government’s ‘Workfare’ programme.
Austerity, and the ideology that underpins it under a Tory led government says public services can be slashed, inequality doesn’t matter and the market always knows best. This is unfair, unwanted and self defeating. The impact of these ill-advised and poorly thought out governmental policies are not being recognised for what they truly are and left relatively unchallenged are having a devastating effect on working people and their families with working people being forced to pay the price for a crisis they did not create. Enough is enough.
The Tory’s austerity measures are just not working…figures released show there are weaker tax revenues, substantially higher public spending, and growth at only 0.8% rather than the predicted 2.5%. So with unemployment still increasing, youth unemployment at its highest and no plan in Osborne’s budget for growth and more cuts on the way it is only going to get worse.
The LibDems have championed an increase in tax allowances and therefore it is no surprise that they have clung on to this one issue in any discussion relating to the budget as they know that there is little else in this Tory budget that they can be proud of.
They really do not have any credibility left. Osborne’s ‘Millionaire’s budget’ will only help the privileged. The removal of the 50p tax rate, and no mansion tax or tycoon tax, shows that they really are the same old Tories.
We are ‘all in this together’ – NOT…the Tories have shown their true colours and launched an attack on the pensioners with a stealth tax which will ensure they will be the big losers in this budget. Other losers are families who will face reductions in child benefit with a taper (that will be highly complex to implement) and cuts to working tax credits.
If all this is not bad enough, there is a renewed attack against the working classes and the labour movement with the Tory proposals for regional public sector pay. This attack on national pay bargaining will only help widen the pay gap across the country. Different levels of pay for the same job dependant on which region or county you are in. This drive to press ahead with regional pay will be an economic disaster for the poorest regions of the UK, cementing the North-South divide. Spending power will be drained from these areas, and siphoned off even more rapidly.
This coalition government has received no mandate for this Tory budget. Cameron’s Big Society has been left in the gutter to be replaced by his Big Capitalist Society. Sorry George but this really is a #fail