Nauseating was the word for George Osborne's performance delivering his Budget this week. He decided to introduce a sugar tax because the total tax revenue from other sources is so far below what he had envisaged when he originally refused to do so six months ago.
Okay, but the way he explained his U-turn was sheer hypocrisy, He prefaced the announcement with a long spiel about how he couldn't justify any other policy to his children and grandchildren. What would he say to them in the distant future, when they asked him what he had done in the war against obesity and diabetes? How could he tell them that he had known the risks, yet had done nothing?
That is not what our children and grandchildren will ask us. They will ask why they cannot afford to buy homes and why we are leaving them a heritage of debt well over a £ trillion. They also if they are intelligent ask why we threw away so many freedoms and rights that were part of our way of life.
Osborne justifies his sugar tax as a form of social engineering. Tax will be a disincentive. It is a form of aversion therapy! Like a rat in a maze, touching a wall and getting electrocuted. those who buy sugary drinks (which I never touch) will now spring back in revulsion.
Is that how he justifies his cruel and callous cut to disability payments for the old, the handicapped and the sick? Is that also aversion therapy? More than 600,000 depend on these small weekly payments to afford help carrying out the routine of everyday living which is, to them a task. The PIP, Personal Independence Payment, is pathetically small, probably less than George Osborne pays when he takes some pals for a round of drinks. But to those who claim it, it means the difference between being able to carry on living in their own home, or having to go into an institution.
Cutting it means they will have to ask their relatives to do everything on a voluntary basis - or they will have to apply for a place in a "home" which costs an absolute fortune.
Many of t hem will be unable to go on working without this essential help. And the jobs of the helpers will also be pulled from under their feet.
Well, let's see if the aversion therapy works. Let's see if this makes fewer people choose to become disabled.
Personally, I am sickened by this government's readiness to deprive the poorest in our society of the little they get, and to find massive sums, £ billions every year, to send abroad for bank bail-outs, subsidies to EU countries in an economic mess, or largesse to those who have never paid into our social security system.
CI News: 24 February 2017
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