At 12.30pm on Wednesday December 5, 2012, UK Chancellor George Osborne will rise to his feet in the Houses of Parliament and deliver his Autumn Statement. This is often called the Budget. These Budgets are usually delivered twice a year, March and November or December. They always spell bad news for some people in the UK. Who will feel a tightening of their income depends on who is in power. We expect from Osborne it will be the poor and middle income of the UK once more who are the hardest hit and the top earners who escape unscathed.
Some of the proposed changes he will announce will not come into force immediately. With Christmas so close this will not be out of any philanthropic gesture but simply as it will hit businesses that are already struggling.
In the last budget Osborne sneakily announced a change which would negatively affect pensioners in the UK. It was hidden beneath froth and you could see the opposition were caught off guard. Labour's Ed Balls responded as best he could but Osborne had masked the change well. It meant that voters would not easily notice, unless they were pensioners of course.
Osborne and Balls both appeared in separate interviews on the BBC Andrew Marr show today.
Ed Balls tried to sit on the fence. He said that his party accepted that some welfare cuts were inevitable but was vague over which. He tried to push a message of more taxes for banks and the elite plus a builiding and jobs programme. The problem was that he did not offer any glimmer of hope to the electorate.
Osborne was his usual smarmy self. He is a good wordsmith and always manages to play down any role the rich should pay in austerity. He shys away from banking bonuses and other anomalies. Instead he prefers to try the old divide and conquer amongst the ordinary working and middle class of the UK.
His main line was that the Coalition were going to make further changes to welfare benefits so that there would no longer be two people living next door to each other, one household working and one not, where the working family lost out. Work has to pay more than benefit he said. This is an old chestnut much esposed by Thatcher in her day. Nothing has changed the rich still get rich and the poor poorer.
It is aimed at divide and conquer. It focuses the attention on each other rather than the Elite. The fat cats. The Government. The government whose salaries have been under review this year and who are now contemplating a massive 40% pay rise..
Osborne today hinted that Welfare benefits will be his prime target once more. There is little left to cut unless he finally decides to get rid of things like child benefit when it is payable to those earning £50,000 as a couple. These are the benefits he needs to cut but he will be loathe do so feeling that such families make up the Tory electorate.
Having lost three by-elections this week though the Tories must surely know that people are not happy with Osborne's current strategies. He may say that the UK is now on the right track and he has no intention of wavering now but he is not feeling any pain. You only need to look at the pudgey faces of Osbrone and Cameron to see that they are living off the fat of the land.
Check out some of the stories on pages such as Shame on you Parliament and I Blame David Cameron on Facebook to read tales of real hardship being experienced by the vulnerable in UK society. People who at their wits end post their personal stories of hardship and abuse at the hands of this government or its employees. They desperately try to find the advice and help which they need in this sorry Nation that we have become.
This blogger's hope is that people take notice of Osborne's Autumn statement and dig deep into his words. He will spin them to sound as if he is just hitting welfare scroungers in the UK. Whilst we all know these exist we also know such people will not be affected. They are too wiley.
No it will be the elderly, disabled, poorly educated and down on their luck who will be made to suffer so that the Elite can continue to prosper.
Not sure what we mean by the Elite? Check out Osborne's wife on Wikipedia and the man himself George.
Based in Yorkshire, in the middle of the UK, almost, this blogger offers her own unique perspective on life in GB
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