The First Cut…

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January 26, 2011 by Rhi

So farewell, then government support. Despite evidence supporting the fact that government cutbacks are currently targeting the lowest earning in society, and peaceful protests trying vainly to make Westminster understand the actual hardships which will have to be endured (mostly by those who are ill-equipped to do so) money must come from somewhere.

I’ve realised that one of the reasons I get so annoyed in debates on cuts, is that old naivety of mine again. I can’t comprehend the idea of people existing in this country who think it’s perfectly acceptable to take money from those who need it, because they themselves will have no requirement of it.

It’s interesting to note that most of those who support cutbacks in things like EMA, also wet their pants at the idea of Married Couples tax allowance. Johann Hari took some stick for daring to suggest that married people who are in agreement with the EMA (or who understand that the reasoning behind it’s abolition makes no sense to anyone with experience of statistics) join this facebook group and offer to forgo the proposed tax allowance, which might allow the EMA to continue. After all, married couples aren’t more likely to be suffering financial hardship. And it takes a special kind of stupid to think that marriage is going to suddenly come back into fashion again because of a tax break.

Worse, though, than those Tories who want to see the poor pay the price for the financial mismanagement of the country, are those who say they have “every sympathy” for those who will be affected, but still think it’s the right thing. So you understand the financial hardships, and yet you STILL think it’s acceptable to take money from children, disabled people and the elderly, in order to fix a problem caused by people who earn more than the GDP of a small African nation?

That’s not understanding anything, my friends. That’s seeing pain and not giving a toss. That’s Conservatism.


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