So the Conservatives with the lib Dem poodles are launching their next phase of punishing low paid people.
Poll Tax 2 is landing on many low paid people of working age door mats, in Mendip, will pay a minimum 20% of the Council Tax with the former exempt, will now pay a minimum £4 a week.
This on top of housing benefit changes and the 1% in work benefit rises amounting to a real terms cut in living standards.
I am pleased that the government has dropped the "we are all in this together" line, frankly it would be a sick joke if they continued. In the new tax year, millionaires will get a £40,000 tax cut, people who need it the less.
The Conservatives and Lib Dems have a perverse mentality, the millionaires need the tax cut because they will either avoid paying the 50% tax or it is a disincentive, yet for really low paid people need to be incentivesed by taking money away from this. This perversity must be taught in Eton.
Sadly the cover for these attacks are the basic attack on the scroungers, the retoric clearly resinates with some but the truth is the largest gainers from the welfare budget are pensioners and this group is exempt from cuts, 60% of those whom claim welfare support are in work, so the picture is painted to appeal to base elements in people.
The only way to attack poverty is creating jobs, well paid jobs, yet today we see finance to business fell by £18.6 billion in the last year, so businesses will not retool and businesses will not grow, this government have completely failed in getting banks to lend for business growth and in turn new jobs in new industries, whilst we stagnate, Germany and the USA grow.
This government are punishing the low paid, failing to create the opportunity for business to grow, they are also failing to reduce the deficit as fast as they said with £64 billion more borrowed by the general election.
The priority of government must be creating a productive economy.
If they want to attack the dodgers, lets tackle tax evasion it costs the economy more than benefit fraud. We need a government for the millions not just the millionaires.