For many years I wasn’t very interested in politics but corrupt, power-hungry politicians annoyed me into it. They’ve been at it again. Today was pre-Election 2015 Budget day, when the British Government traditionally bribes the electorate, whilst lying, to test the selfishness and gullibility of the British people.
People tell me George Osborne is very clever but he hides it well. I heard an arrogant man who thinks we are easy to fool. He seems to think that the average elector is too stupid to see through misleading statistics and deliberate misdirection. In case he is right, I’d like to point out a couple of his cunning ruses that I spotted. If we all do that then MAYBE politicians will start seeing that there is personal advantage in telling us the truth, as that seems to be what motivates most of them.
We were told it is time to share the advantages of the improving economy with everyone. The homeless, those living in B&B accommodation because there is insufficient social housing, those who can’t afford to buy food? Well, “No”.
Who then? Aspirational “lower paid savers”, first-time house buyers, older people who are disappointed in the extra income they are getting from interest on their savings. Basically, people who might be on the edge of voting Tory. So, how easily bought are you?
“Incomes are up” said George. Ed Miliband’s response was “Ernings are down”. How can this be? There must be ‘unearned incomes’! There’s a small increase in pensions but surely that can’t be it. Do you think it might be a massive increase in unearned income for the massively rich? You are all very cynical people.
You’ve already paid tax on your income, said George.
We don’t want to tax it again when you save, he said.
What? You mean tax on interest, don’t you George? No-one has ever paid tax on savings, you’re just hoping we don’t notice because we’re a bit thick and didn’t go to the right schools. You mean ‘unearned income’ from interest on bankers bonuses, don’t you? You mean no interest on private landlords cash stash while they wait to buy up at a bargain price the next redundant public servant’s repossessed house. The NHS is losing subsidies from successful tooth and claw Capitalism. Ed pointed out that he didn’t mention the NHS but soon he’ll be pointing out that ‘the (poor) tax payer’ won’t be able to afford to fund it.
If you were actually interested in not taxing people twice, George, you’d do something about VAT, not interest. We’re not fooled.
At least there’s extra funding for “The Northern Powerhouse”, where George Osborne has his seat and the Midlands car industry where there are a couple of marginal Conservative seats. What a coincidence.
I’m now listening to people on TV working out how much better off they will be and getting on ‘the housing ladder’. They love it. He’s stopped banging their heads against the wall, so they’re grateful. I thought writing this would make me feel better but it hasn’t.