West Ham MP Lyn Brown says George Osborne is out of touch with public
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I hope you and your family had a relaxing and rejuvenating Easter weekend. Easter is a celebration of new beginnings and the transition from winter to spring.
I’d hoped the budget might bring new beginnings but, two weeks ago, I found myself listening to the same old story.
Another Osborne budget, another absolute shambles. He heaped more attacks on the poor and most vulnerable, with the poorest 10 per cent of families no better off and scant hope for the rest. There were more, generous tax breaks for the rich. The richest 10 pc of families become £260 a year better off.
It was just another Tory budget, totally lacking in competence and compassion.
Chancellor George Osborne was once seen as one of the best political minds in the business. I’ve never fallen for that. Remember his 2012 ‘Omnishambles’ budget? He was out of touch on the Pasty Tax, Bedroom Tax and on working tax credits. His assault on disabled people confirmed all my suspicions.
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When he cut payments to disabled people, while giving tax cuts to the wealthiest, the chancellor penalised the 640,000 disabled people who rely on support to lead productive, independent lives.
Yet again he was out of touch with the general public and his cabinet colleagues. Ian Duncan Smith resigned over the cuts to PIP, claiming the budget was, “deeply unfair,” (leastways, he said that’s why he resigned).
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The chancellor was forced to reverse his plans, yet again! Thankfully, the government reached the right position in the end. If only they had listened to disabled people during the consultation, when 95 pc said, “Don’t do it.”
Perhaps the government could think about new beginnings of their own. Wouldn’t it be good, if they listened to people who know and began protecting the most vulnerable?
Perhaps you, too, need a new Chancellor of the Exchequer, Dave. More from Lyn