More grown-up debate from Captain Bellend
The Tories’ next Great Hope, the Rt Hon Gideon George Oliver Osborne, heir to the seventeenth Baronet, was revealed to be not the great master strategist, but a blustering, spiteful and child-like busted flush, ranting about what he and his next-door neighbour were going to do to the Rotten Lords, that their intervention was somehow unconstitutional, and that in any case it just wasn’t fair.
What Cameron and Osborne did not address was that, before May’s General Election, they had very deliberately given the electorate the impression that working tax credits were not going to be cut. Nor did they address the obvious point that, had they put the measure in the Finance Bill - which is off limits to the Lords after David Lloyd George’s “people’s budget” - rather than using a statutory instrument, all would have been well.
And it was not only at the top of the Tory Party that the witless spin was being undertaken, as shown in no style at all by the loathsome Toby Young as he strove valiantly to convince anyone prepared to listen that Dave was right all along, honestly. Before the vote, Tobes told that Cameron had not ruled out cutting tax credits “in general”, which may come as news to those who watched the BBC Question Time leaders’ debate from Leeds.
Did Dave give the impression he wouldn’t cut tax credits? “No he didn't. And Labour claimed the Tories would cut tax credits in its campaign -- correctly”. No thanks Tobes, I don’t want to look over there. How did he answer Owen Jones’ charge that the Tories had no mandate for their cuts? The same way: “Did Blair and Brown seek a mandate to increase welfare spending by more than 100% under the last government?”
Yes, the Tories lost in the Lords and it was Tone and Pa Broon wot did it. Would Tobes like to admit Labour successfully ambushed his team? “One of the consequences of Labour giving up job of being Her Majesty's Opposition is that opposition to the government emerges elsewhere … I wonder if Corbyn will finally abandon his LBC chat show host routine at #pmqs now that an open goal yawns before him? Too dumb I expect”.
Corbyn and his party win, so Tobes says that makes them rubbish. But he’s sure what happened was not constitutional. Or is he? “Anyone seen a detailed analysis of the constitutionality of the House of Lords' rejection of tax credit cuts?” The Tories lost in the Lords. Much of the right-leaning press has been registering its disquiet of late about the proposals. But the loathsome Tobes is unmoved.