Week 48: Villain – George Osborne

by Ray_North on December 8, 2015

Capitalist_VillainLast Week’s Villain was the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne

Sorry that this has taken over a week to post – it’s my fault, my resignation is in the post and I ask for a number of other offences to be taken into consideration.

Anyway before you sentence me, let’s turn our minds back to the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement.

George Osborne currently thinks that he is invincible, indeed, if he was offered the England job, the Presidency of the UN and the task of reviving the fortunes of Eastenders, he’d confidently declare himself up to the task.

That’s because George Osborne speaks with the air of a man who has found life pretty easy – millionaire family, Public School, Oxbridge, job in the City, safe seat for the Tories – thank you very much.

And this easy air of confidence, together with the Pig’s Ear currently masquerading as the official opposition, allows Georg Osborne to get away without telling the whole truth and without bothering to mention the minutiae of his policies.

In his Autumn Statement, George told us that the nation’s finances were now fully under control and that we were heading for a budget surplus by 2020 – what he doesn’t say is that this figure is based upon a massive assumption about the continued increase in tax income and the continued ability to implement the austerity measures, which so far he has consistently been able to achieve. In short, this clarion call that his government has saved us all a load of money, is nonsense in fact, before we even begin to debate the necessity of running a budget surplus in the first place, which those of us who write on these pages don’t agree with.

He then told us that he had scrapped plans to scrap Tax Credits – but, what he didn’t tell us is that the £12b he had pledged to save through this, was now going to be shouldered by those on the new Universal Credits – in short, he was pulling the wool over our eyes, whilst still condemning many thousands of families to an uncertain future.

And it didn’t stop there – in his Autumn Statement, he continued to hit local authorities incredibly hard – it’s all very well, standing up and proclaiming that local authorities have been given autonomy over various aspects of their spending, but if they haven’t got that money in the first place, all he is doing is, in his George Osborne way, passing the buck, so when many thousands of essential services disappear, he can blame ‘profligate councils.’

There was much guff about ‘The Northern Powerhouse,’ but, when education budgets and hospital budgets and social service budgets are being cut, then the Northern Powerhouse counts for absolutely nothing – because at the end of the day, people need schools, and doctors, social workers, libraries, parks, transport.

I could go on and on and on, because on every level, the Chancellor’s Autumn Budget was simply a declaration of more ideologically driven economics, that won’t ultimately create a thriving economy where everyone can prosper, not will it create a society where those of us who are strong and healthy and fortunate, look after those who are not.

And, worst of all – despite this odious budget, the Official Opposition, spent the next day, not attacking the Tories, but putting out statements saying that they condemned the murderous activities of Chairman Mao! Bloody hell, you could write that in a comedy.

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