The Tory conference gets underway in Birmingham this week. It looks like it will be more of the same. Ideas put forward to reduce the incomes of the poorest in society and protect the wealth of the Elite in the UK.
Ahead of Chancellor George Osborne's keynote speech we have had a glimpse of what he will be proposing. The Government is set to slash welfare budgets by a further £10bil. This at a time when the poorest in the UK are increasing in numbers.
Of course he will put the money he saves to good use, won;t he? We think not.
Already he has said he will rule out a so called Mansion tax. No doubt he will give the same reasons that Cameron did on Sunday's Andrew Marr show. He will not want to hit those people who are striving to succeed. Fine words but plenty of people work hard and get nothing but an early grave. He obviously prefers to believe that all people on welfare benefits are spongers. People who do not try to improve teir lot. Arrogance from a man who has never had to fight to make a living.
Statements that the rich should not be hit more than the poor make no sense. Fairness must be about who can afford to pay surely?
One of Osborne's ideas to reduce the welfare budget is removing child support benefits for parents who are out of work if they have more children. He will be able to talk this up but in truth it is very wrong. It smacks of fascism.
Yesterday Cameron was patting himself on the back for committing £140mil to ease the burden of nurses. Sounds good, doesn't it? Well lots of things sound good but aren't. The money will be earmarked for new systems and technologies which will help give nurses more time to spend with patients, rather than form filling. In reality it will probably lead to yet more nursing posts being cut.
The money will initially be in the form of loans. Ah so here is yet another catch. Whether hospitals will have to pay back the money will depend on their performance. How that will be judged is not known.
Cameron said: "What we're announcing is £100 million extra into the NHS specifically to help our brilliant nurses with new technology so they can spend even more time at the bedside with their patients. "We're only able to do this because we're the only party, the only people, who said 'whatever else we have to do, whatever other cuts we have to make, we are not cutting the NHS budget, we're increasing it'. "That was my pledge, that's what we are doing."
Now if you believe that this government is not cutting the NS budget then you live in cloud cuckoo land. Ask any person who works in the NHS. Ask any patient who has seen an increase in waiting times.
Finally back to Osborne's proposed cuts. According to the Tories the Lib Dems are willing to consider these changes. If passed they will come into effect in 2016. Perhaps the Tories by stating this are wanting to add yet another nail into the political coffin of the Lib Dems. That is if the Lib Dems let them.
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