I’ve always been a strong supporter of this Government (Iraq and Trident apart) but I’m so angry about what Gordon has done and I simply can’t understand why a Labour Chancellor who has always seemed so sound on poverty issues has altered the tax system to take money directly from the pockets of the low paid and give it to people who are already much better off.
I would have skipped to work with a spring in my step two years ago on hearing the budget.
£36,500 PA teacher’s income and a child. Whoopee.
Out of the 40% zone, increased child tax credit/benefit, reduced Income Tax on the bulk of my earnings. Magnifique.
I would have wondered about the 10p thing but not much as I imagined we, a Labour Government would look after the poorest….
Not now. Chronic long term illness means an income which, according to the Government’s own definitions places us below the Poverty Line, made up of pension, incapacity benefit, disability "living" allowance, carers allowance (which is deducted from IB) means this budget is a kick in the teeth and proof that we no longer give a damn about those at the bottom who can’t help themselves through no fault of their own.
Thank you so much to the Party I have given 24 years to and have supported and justified through it all.
This is a totally cynical attempt to outflank Citizen Dave and proves that Big Gordie’s sole interests were to a) stick it up the Tories by allowing them to set the agenda and b) hand cuffing his successor at the Treasury proving he is a control freak, and maybe Turnbull was correct in his “Stalinist” comparisons.
McDonnell and Meacher are far from being the answer, but I feel we have given Brown the benefit of the doubt once too often.
He left Blair out to dry in the wake of poor Local Election results in May.
He could have stopped the September “Month of Madness” in the Party instantly by putting Tom Watson back in his sad little place but didn’t.
He has financed the Iraq War but has been conspicuously absent from Blair’s side when the going has got tough.
He cites Foreign Policy as being out of his remit but what has this new “Britishness” thing he has been banging on about got to do with the Treasury?
Harriet Harman is his bestest buddy in the Party. She is married to Jack Dromey, the guy who started all the Cash for Honours lark by alerting the Fourth Estate and indirectly Inspector Knacker of the Yard.
All this means that Clarke, Milburn or Johnson HAS to stand and make the argument for continuing to battle poverty, whilst maintaining the core of the Labour post 1997 revolution in the Public Services.
I fear that in five years time we will look back at this Budget as the one which destroyed the Labour Government because it is such a vast leap away from our core values, is dishonest, and plays Party one upmanship Politics with people’s lives.