Indeed, after yesterday’s Budget, which tinkered around the edges with such trivialities as taking a penny a pint off beer duty - you’d have to spend an awful lot of time at the bar, visiting the toilet, sleeping it off, or a combination of all three to get a free scoop - to read the Super Soaraway Currant Bun, one might think that some kind of miracle had been performed, that our Chancellor of the Exchequer had superhuman powers.
Alas, the Rt Hon Gideon George Oliver Osborne, heir to the Seventeenth Baronet, possesses nothing of the sort, and no amount of low-rent cheerleading from Rupe’s downmarket troops will alter that fact. Economic growth in the North of England is advancing at a greater rate than for the South? Whoopee-do: it’s coming from a rather lower base. A hundred per cent of bugger all is still, to no surprise, bugger all.
Wages are rising at a faster rate than headline inflation? I refer the Hon Questioner to the answer I gave earlier: those wages still haven’t made up the ground lost since the financial crash. There’s good news for savers? Er, hello Murdoch poodles, how do you think we get the economy moving? Clue: you don’t achieve that by getting the population to squirrel away their dosh. You need to get them spending it.
That the picture painted by today’s Sun - quite apart from the bizarre suggestion that Osborne may be involved in some kind of transvestite activity - is utterly bogus is not hard to demonstrate. We know this because of the previous day’s front page story in a newspaper called, er, well, the Sun, actually. “Payday Loans Hell … WE LIVE IN A FORD FOCUS … Couple lose home after debts spiral” shrieked the headline.
Giving the less well off a tax break means only that they are marginally less badly off: it does not instantly alleviate their situation. But from the Sun’s shameless propaganda today, one might believe all poverty had been eradicated, all economic ills cured. When Owen Jones muses “The Sun is basically now Tory press releases meets Carry On isn't it”, he’s being unduly lenient. The Carry Ons were more highbrow, and actually funny.
Orwell also had a lot to say about misusing words to hide the true meaning of propaganda. So I'm wondering about your use of 'officially' here.
It doesn't invalidate your argument, but the irony was worth noting.
Guido's just a poor boy
And his story's has been told
How he squandered his resistance
For a pocketful of Rupe's dollars
And his promises
All lies and jest
Still, The Sun hears what they want to hear
And disregards the rest.
la la lies
In the clearing stands a boxer
And a fighter by his trade
And he carries the remainders
Of every glove that laid him down
And cut him till he cried out
In his anger and his shame
"I am leaving, I am leaving"
But the fighter still remains
When she left home and her country
Louise was a fully grown up girl
In the company of family
To the noise and comfort of Manhattan
She writes unresearched
Playing it low, whilst living in richer quarters
Where the haveitall people go
Knowing just the places they would go for show
It's all lies
As The Sun lays out its budget spin
I wish that we had none
Of Crosby spin
Where the Tory scrotes and scribes weren't bleeding us
Their claim of "record low unemployment figures" is also bogus. Firstly, it's a record low in the sense of "Lowest for 7 years". 7 years ago, was let's see now, 2008... the height of the credit crunch and collapse of sub-prime mortgages. So not really a high number to aspire to in the first place.
Then there's the rather inconvenient caveat that most of those no longer listed as unemployed are so listed because they are either in 0-hour contracts, or have been sanctioned, or placed into compulsory workfare schemes.
Then there are George's tax-breaks. For those on low incomes the benefits of these tax-breaks are rather slender, and will rapidly be overtaken by the costs that the inevitable cuts to public services that follow will inflict. I'm sure I'm not alone in thinking that paying a little more tax each year in return for the benefits of the NHS, decent educational standards, and well maintained public infrastructure far exceeds the benefits of an extra £100 left in my salary each year
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