Wednesday, October 06, 2010
Conference Politics Trips Up Cameron
These extremely gifted but still young politicians have learnt a lesson about announcing policy to their conference. Some 'goodies' are required to ignite the automatic Tory applause machine, but you have to be sure they are 'good' and are likely to be well received. This announcement, frankly, would have gone down better at either of the other conferences. Middle Britain, aghast at how much of their taxes are absorbed by the 5m on benefits, have tended to regard chld allowance as useful payback. Some families save it to use for holidays; most families, even earning up to £50K, strain their financial limits so this cut really hurts.
Personally I was fairly happy with it. I don't believe in universal benefits; this is an outdated concept, even if it does involve the 'sharp elbowed' middle classes in the welfare state. If we have to save shed loads of public expenditure, which we do, then pruning a benefit accruing to those on twice the average income seems quite sensible to me. However, the coalition is facing a cachophany of compalint right now which it could wewll do without. In a couple of weeks the real cuts will be announced. If these protests are generated by a small and arguably fair economy, I shudder to think what lies in store for this government.
But hell somebody loses money who earn £44,000 and my god the earth is shaking, how many screamed when Brown said thats it for income support, it's finished, I do not remember much on here about it.
But you hit the middle Rich and the earth is shaking....
Labour ended the universal benefit of income support which was the life blood of the poorest in society, not a bloody word from hardly anyone, when Labours Brown the worse leader of a Labour government, then told us he was going to stop DLA for the disabled , hardly a word , but yes OK the Tories and some Labour MP's moaned, making Lard ass change his mind but it was to late, the damage had been done.
You now have Miliband with his New Generation of Newer Labour, when are these people going to realize what we need in the UK is a Labour party, not new or newer or anything else.
But I suppose we live in a word of re branding.
However, for me, the key point is this. Removing child benefit from the middle class will strike at support for the welfare state, and make it easier to advocate wholesale and serious cuts to benefits in general. This is of course a good thing. Although this measure was the headline, there have been lots of other good proposals to limit the scale of benefits claimed by those families who don't work. This government is showing azeal to cut welfare that I have never seen before...decent people losing their child benefit should be reassured by that.
"In principle, do you support or oppose limiting child benefit so that people with high incomes do not receive it ?"
83% supported the principle. Read the dead tree press & you would think the world was coming to an end.Perhaps something to do with the fact that headline writers in metropolitan media all earn in excess of £44K ?
Just sayin', thats all.
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