Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin is a burly fellow. He was once that rarest of things, a Tory coal miner.

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He still speaks like one. His speech yesterday was not so much crafted, as knocked out with a pick axe. Lacklustre.

Perhaps that’s a good thing because McLoughlin trundled on just before George Osborne and his performance made the chancellor appear more fluent.

It should also be mentioned that after the chancellor came communities secretary Eric Pickles; equally robust and of similar working class roots to McLoughlin – although Pickles did bizarrely declare in his speech “without constant vigilance, the cigar chomping commies will take over again.”

Anyway, anyone would think that by sandwiching the chancellor between these two bookends, they were trying to balance out his gentility.

“Oh look it’s Gidders,” said a young chap behind me when the chancellor appeared. George used to be known by his more refined middle name Gideon before Westminster.

But that had to change. Gideon wouldn’t go down well in politics. You would never get a coal miner called Gideon, not even a Tory one. Last week Ed Miliband stole the ‘One Nation’ phrase, so yesterday Gidders made a bid to win it back for the Tories. He mixed it with their own slogan, “we’re all in this together”, to create a sort of ‘mother of all slogans’. “One nation working hard together. We are still all in this together,” he declared. I prefer the one with the commies.

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  • alan suger would have fired this lot in power today . .And most definately the last lot

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    milecross

    Thursday, October 11, 2012

  • I'm waiting for the moment this minority Government of old ideas brings back work houses and calls pensioners scroungers of the state. Osborne's recipe has failed and his treatment of disabled people and their assessment cruelty is despicable. Browse calumslist dot org and you will see what I mean.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Thursday, October 11, 2012

  • alan suger would have fired this lot in power today . .And most definately the last lot

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    milecross

    Thursday, October 11, 2012

  • You have too look beyond the political headlines. Not is all it seems. Anyone earning a million would be paying about 425K in tax. Taking into account changes to the tax system such as stamp duty, inheritance tax and capital gains tax the cumulative effect will mean they will be paying more, not less in tax. 10 per cent of the highest earners will stand to lose the most as a result of these changes to the tax and benefit system. Ed`s already changed tack on his millionaire 40K tax rebate no doubt when his other errors are pointed out to him he may also want to make further amendments to his script. Heaven help us if he is ever in power as he doesn`t seem to know the difference between assets and income.

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    BG

    Tuesday, October 9, 2012

  • George Osborne also said "How can we justify the incomes of those out of work rising faster than the incomes of those in work?". By this he means that the % increase in individual welfare payments is rising faster than % increases in individual earnings. Well, I failed O level maths (three times... at least, I THINK it was three times!). But even I can work out that x% of very little (Job Seekers Allowance, about £3500) is still very little, while x-y% of the UK median salary (about £26k is it?) is, um, quite a lot more than very little. Smoke and mirrors, George. The Chancellor also said "Where is the fairness, we ask, for the shift worker leaving home in the dark hours of early morning who looks up at the closed blinds of their next door neighbour sleeping off a life on benefits?". Could it conceivably be that 'the neighbour' would give hisher right arm for a job to scrape themselves out of bed for? Bullingdon George is demonising the workless, assuming that everyone on benefits has made a 'lifestyle choice' not to work. This is both inaccurate, and downright demeaning. The clue is in the wording 'sleeping off a life on benefits' - implying that benefit claimants live the loife of Reilly while the proletariat toil for a pittance. Solution? Make work pay. Tackle the poverty trap. And 'rebalance' the share of the proceeds of work between profits, wages, dividends and unearned bonuses... and SEPARATE OUT Housing Benefit from all other welfare payments - it skews the figures and allows neo-cons to point the finger at the 'undeserving poor' when in reality only a handful of HB recipients are claiming spectacularly high rents... because extortionate rentiers know that society at large will pick up the tab! Just like we do to bail out the bankers.

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    martin wallis

    Tuesday, October 9, 2012

  • BG thanks but no thanks. I was born and bred in Hastings. Great Yarmouth holds no attractions for me. And you are generalising from a minority of cases... not forgetting of course that a disproportionate number of claimants were actively encouraged to 'take the sea air' in run-down resorts like GY. It skews the figures and distorts the overall picture. You are disposed to believe (I think?) that manymost claimants are the 'undeserving poor' making a 'lifestyle choice' not to work. I disagree. We will have to agree to differ.

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    martin wallis

    Thursday, October 11, 2012

  • Osborne's own 2012 budget really undermines his renewed call of "We are all in this together".His giveaway to top rate taxpayers showed he still belongs to the party of the rich.He says he will tax the rich but he doesn't say how or when.

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    Peter Watson

    Tuesday, October 9, 2012

  • martin wallis - Come to the borough of Gt Yamouth. Thousands here have got it off to a tee how to live a life on benefits. I should know they live on my doorstep. Their expertise has been handed down from one generation to another. As far as I am concerned George has got it spot on. And what came through the post today from the Post Office? A form for people on benefits so that they can get discounted stamps. You just couldn`t make it up. Every little bit helps towards their next holiday abroad I suppose. The reason work does not pay is because we have a minimum wage and an over generous benefit system both courtesy of the Labour government.

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    BG

    Tuesday, October 9, 2012

  • alan suger would have fired this lot in power today . .And most definately the last lot

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    milecross

    Thursday, October 11, 2012

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