Whilst I sincerely hope Ed Miliband and the Labour Party refrain from joining the bandwagon on attacking those having to survive on the benefits system, I am also very well aware how the Labour Party or should I say leadership are just closet tory’s, in no way do they represent the real working classes of this country, they have more in common with Cameron and his Chipping Norton Chums, they care little for those at the bottom of the pile unless it means a good media opportunity….
Paul Smith Founder – Atos Victims Group
A masterstroke! That’s what George Osborne thinks he has delivered, according to his people. He has devised an entirely pointless welfare uprating bill that enshrines a three-year 1% benefit rise, well below inflation, that he thinks will snare Ed Miliband into seeming to side with the workshy. “I hope it commands support from both sides of the House,” Osborne said with a portentous smirk as he sprang his mantrap.
Osborne has made bad political miscalculations in the past and this could be another. This transparently political calculation may snap back at him. Real people, real children risk facing near-destitution so that he can indulge in political tactics. Cynicism of this depth may not escape the notice of voters; his trap could prove Labour’s opportunity. Those close to Miliband say he is “robust” on this. He will denounce Osborne’s mendacious dividing of “strivers” from “skivers” for the disreputable dishonesty it is. These cuts fall on many more people in work than out of work, not the workshy but those rising at 4am to clean offices on the minimum wage, but still earning too little to keep food on the table for their children.
David Cameron and Osborne are gloating at what they imagine is Labour’s discomfort, certain that their great winning ticket is to hack harder and deeper at benefits. They think there is no limit to the slashing voters will tolerate. Until now Labour has wriggled miserably, nervous of polls that show little sympathy for the unemployed and a wildly exaggerated belief that fraud and shirking are rife. Cameron quotes one story about a large Somali family in a £100,000-a-year mansion, that featured 15 times in the Daily Mail. Though the family has long moved on and only five such cases ever existed, the image lingers for years.