Saturday, 24 March 2012
THE WICKED BUDGET AND THE TALE OF TWO RATS
I was wondering what other people were thinking now we've had a few days for it to sink it. I have yet to be persuaded that giving the super rich a tax break, helps the economy. I just don't see a herd of billionaires running down Threadneedle Street with trunks of cash that they have had flown in from the Cayman Islands. Call me an old cynic if you like.
As for the poor, the £9,000 tax threshold gave me one of those Life of Brian moments. 'Glad the Meek are getting something, cause they always miss out', or words to that effect. Mind you, I suppose the £9,000 is plenty if you have only got the upkeep of a tent on the outskirts of the City to worry about. It is already happening in Cities around the world, so I do not jest.
Of course the economy can't move because the banks won't lend, not after their, hmmm past indiscretions, and even if they would, no-one would be eligible because of the trend to hand out employment contracts with 16, or even, zero hours. A youngster may have a job, but they won't get a mortgage without a guaranteed future wage. IAhh, for the old days when the employees have unions and rights. Maggie, you gave birth to a monster, and I don't mean Mark.
Of course without guaranteed work, it rules them out for credit too. Not good for the technology and manufacturing industries, because that particular demographic with the lousy employment contracts, would probably have been their highest spending consumers. Now of course, they only need a single trip to a camping shop with the last of their Job Seekers Allowance. For the prudent investors, now might be a good time to invest in Milletts.
As much as the far right would like to spend their days dreaming up further and more cruel punishments for the undeserving poor, the poor hold the majority of the vote, and like it or not, this is a democratic society. Ditto the Grey vote. Tut, tut, tut, Dave, first rule of politics - never alienate the oldies, they are they are the ones who go along to the polling boothes while the youngsters are out throwing bricks at windows.
Fags were a definite fund raiser. Smokers are self harming and don't deserve the free services of the NHS, even though they have probably paid more tax than Philip Green (bad example, lets say, hospital domestic) and not difficult maths, even for moi, if 20 fags cost 50p to produce and sell at 7 quid a pack, we fag hags have pre-paid for 5 star healthcare hundreds of times over. We are deserving of our sleep apnea masks and oxygen, and a few nips and tucks thrown in! And not at all surprised the tax on booze remains unchanged. The noble ones are already paying over the top tax on their Chateau Lafite, so it is out of the question. Much better to put a few more pence on the white cider and the Special Brew and tell them its for their own good.
I somehow don't really think we are all in this together, not judging by the extragavant 'do' they put on for the Queen the day before they stole the NHS from the people, and the chances of David and Samantha moving into a tent near you, I would say, are pretty remote.