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Disabled Labour Lies Spin

Labour’s Spin Machine Is Back

Remember Labour’s spin machine?  Do you remember when our country was run by the likes of Alastair Campbell and Peter Mandelson?  It’s back in fine form, with outright lies and disgusting false accusations, this time over spending on the disabled.

I’ll outline some facts first, followed by some opinion and a likely outcome.

Most importantly, spending on the disabled is not being cut.  Categorically, not even in nominal terms (ie before inflation) is spending on the disabled being cut.  This is a blatant outright lie.

Currently spending on the Personal Independence Payments (PIP) is £16.2 billion.  This was expected to reach £18.2 billion by 2021.  The new proposals are for it to increase by £1 billion, rather than £2 billion, over the next 5 years – hence the proposed “cuts” of circa £4.2 billion that the Corbyn press are alleging.

This is a 6.2% increase.  Even taking into account inflation expectations, this is an increase.

INCREASE!  Nothing is being cut.  Spending is simply proposed not to increase as much as previously suggested.  For those still struggling to understand, that is like deciding to increase your food shopping budget from £50 to £60 a week next year, but then closer to the time, deciding only to increase it to £55.  That is still an increase in what you are spending.

Secondly, since 2010, this below graph shows how spending on disability benefits has continued to increase under the Conservatives, from short of £12 billion, to the new proposal of £17.2 billion.  This is a huge increase given the exceptionally precarious financial situation inherited (I’m really fed up of reminding people how shaky the UK government finances were in 2010 but it seems that the Labour spin machine are still trying to pretend it was nothing to do with them).

These are absolute outrageous lies from the Labour Party.  The same party that brought you the greatest recession for around a century, and lied to you about the Iraq War (granted the current leadership were against that).  This is absolutely disgraceful.

However.

I can promise you now that this will not go through as proposed.  I’ll happily bet a month’s salary that these proposals do not go through parliament and the eventual 2021 figure will be close to the original £18.2 billion figure.

Some of you will scoff, but the Conservatives are the most compassionate political party around.  We are historically the party that runs the economy sensibly and paying down the debt, along with reducing the deficit is what will allow us to look after those in need in 2-3 decades time.

Governing for the people is more than just giving away money.  It is more than just spending lots.  It is much more than what is going on now.

Even so, the more liberal and social wing of the Conservative party will rise up against these lower spending increases, like we did tax credits, and George Osborne will have to stick to the original plan.  I would suggest a small increase in fuel duty – surely no driver can argue against a small increase to help pay for disabled care.  Surely that is compassion mixed with sensible economics.

If you agree with increasing fuel duty to pay for further increased spending on the disabled – there is a petition that you can sign.

For me, the three most important actions, in order of priority, that a government should be taking are as follows:

1. Protection of democracy.
2. Encouraging economic growth – allowing business to flourish, employment to grow, minimising regulation, etc.
3. Looking after those truly in need, not only in the short-term and not only by increasing spending.

These three reasons are why I vote Conservative and am proud to be a Conservative.

The proposal to increase disability benefits to £17.2 billion, instead of £18.2 billion does not meet the criteria set out in point 3.

I urge the chancellor to reconsider.  Urgently.

I have written to my MP to ask him to kindly represent my thoughts.

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Budget 2016

The Do A Little Bit Budget – My Official Response

I am still awaiting my invite to speak at parliament in response to the budget.  I am disturbed that they have invited such disluminaries as Corbyn and McDonnell to waffle on but they are still ignoring me.  Does the speaker not read my blog?

Nevertheless, one or two people will hear my response.

The stand-out policy is the Lifetime ISA – at least if you are under 40 and don’t own a house.  If you are not in this category you are probably too busy campaigning to make sure no houses are built anywhere in the country to protect the value of your home and stop anyone under 40 owning a home.

Basically the government will give you 25% as an annual bonus on top of whatever you save.  The money can only be used towards a house for first time buyers, or as a pension.  No savings plan whatsoever comes anywhere close.  If you have any intention of buying a house in the next 10 years – get a Lifetime ISA.  If you don’t end up buying a house, then it is another pension.

Also if your company does not contribute to your pension, then you should stop paying into it, and pay into this instead.  Many companies do match your pension contributions so it is not preferable to such a scheme.  But should be of interest to the self-employed, as an example.

I support the sugar tax.  I don’t like things being banned, but discouraging obesity through tax, especially with the amount that it costs the NHS, should be encouraged.

The third main important policy was the reduction in corporation tax to 17%.  I believe that one of the main reasons that we have record high employment, is the reduction of corporation tax from 28% to 20%.  Higher taxes often mean a lower total tax take.  How high the tax rate is should not be important – it is the total value of tax collected that we should be interested in.

Only a few days ago, Avon announced that it is moving it’s headquarters from the US to the UK.  This will partly be due to lower corporation tax.

Capital gains tax is also being reduced from 28% to 20%.  Increasing it was an early government mistake and again this reduction should ensure more tax is raised in total.

There were several complicated instruments designed to clamp down on corporate tax avoidance in the budget.  I’m not well-versed enough on the intricacies of tax law but those of you that bang on tax avoidance may want to celebrate it.

I’m a little confused as to why George Osborne has suddenly taken over the education department.

Releasing all schools from the dictatorship of local education authority’s has to surely provide improved education standards.  I really wish I had had the opportunity to go to an academy – one which may have inspired me to greatness, instead of a local education authority-run run-down shithole that failed me.  Granted I was a twat at the time.

Keeping schools open longer will also help parents, and encourage further full-time work.  I fully support the teaching of Maths until the age of 18 as compulsory.

Other less-discussed outcomes include the removal of business rates for small businesses – which can only encourage the growth of small businesses and allow for further increases in employment.

I welcome the guarantee that real terms spending on the disabled will be higher than under any year of the Labour government but would like much more explanation with regards to how this will be guaranteed, and how it will affect those concerned.

The £115m to tackle homelessness has to be welcomed – but what exactly is it going to be spent on?

I don’t agree with everything.  With petrol being so cheap, now is the time to give a temporary increase in fuel duty to help bring down the deficit.

I question why £700m has been found for flood defences now – and not in earlier years.  This is very reactionary – the next flood will be somewhere else – so will we then reactively fund those flood defences afterwards?

And why is Knowsley getting a Shakespeare theatre?  Huh?

I’ve had my doubts over Gideon recently but overall this really is an excellent budget.  On the face of it, it does little but there is a lot of detail that really will pack a punch and help the economy grow.

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Disabled

About Those Evil Tories Have Cut £30 From The Disabled Posters.

If you have a selection of friends on Facebook with leftie political views, you’ll have seen the vile socialist campaign against a recent spending decision.  I’m not going to debase this blog by posting a copy of one.

It should be clarified first that only those deemed ‘fit for work’ will be losing this £30.  They will instead receive the same amount as “able-bodied” (for want of a more appropriate phrase) job-seekers.  It also only affects new claimants and those who have interrupted their payments for 12 weeks.

Of course, the vile socialist posters do not want you to know that – they want you to think that it affects all disabled people.

Firstly you should know that under this government, the total budget for spending on the disabled has increased.  I repeat – increased.

Secondly, thousands upon thousands of disabled people have been helped back to work.  Labour left the disabled on the scrapheap which I personally think is disgraceful.

It should also be noted that Labour allowed many people to play the system and “go on the sick”.  It isn’t an imaginary tabloid story – there are many people out there taking the piss out of the system, signed off for a bad back or something, that really should be working and contributing to the economy.  If I were disabled, I imagine I’d be even more angry about people taking the piss.  I’ve met these people in various pubs, drinking all day that should be contributing to society rather than skiving for a living.

Despite all of this, I am still uncomfortable with the decision that has been made with regards to reducing spending on Employment Support Allowance, and I doubt had I been an MP that I would have voted for it – at least on the face of it without understanding the reasoning behind it.  One of the main reasons I vote Conservative is to have a strong enough economy to be able to properly help those really and truly, in need – as opposed to those who just want.  I’d prefer fuel duty be increased, or the top rate of tax reduced, if we are to raise further revenue for the Exchequer.

But it really does have to be taken in context and not in vile socialist sound-bites.

And the most important context is the deficit and the debt.  As I also want us to be able to help those in need in 10, 20, 50 years down the line.

Who caused the Labour party to wildly overspend?  Who caused them to create the client-state?  Who caused the record-high deficit that was handed to the Coalition government?  I’ll give you a clue – it wasn’t the fucking garden pixies.

The deficit won’t clear itself.  There is no magic money tree to shake.

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Uncategorized

Let Me Shop On Sundays Please

Occasionally, I want to go buy something from a shop later on a Sunday afternoon.

Currently, I am not allowed to.

Many shops close at 4pm.  Others at 5pm.  If you are lucky, or in central London (also lucky) then 6pm.

Many of us across the country work Monday to Friday – many of the shops are closed when we are not at work on these 5 days, unless you happen to live in a vibrant metropolitan area or close to a major shopping centre.

Weekends are two precious days filled with a variety of activities for many people – for myself I study all day on Saturday and relax in the evening.  On Sunday I study for much of the day and then go out for a late lunch.  Maybe I’ll try to enjoy some sunshine during the summer, go to a football game or go to the pub for a pint.

Many an occasion I have wanted to go shopping late on a Sunday afternoon but have been inhibited from doing so by arcane laws devised so shops in the town centre, or supermarkets, can only open 6 hours.

Instead I often have to put off my purchase – or simply not make my purchase at all, thereby reducing the income of local shops.

Sometimes I can order what I want from the likes of Amazon instead.  And I guess at some point they will probably be able to deliver me anything I want on a Sunday evening within 30 minutes, so maybe I shouldn’t be complaining.

But it makes no sense why I can go to a Tesco Express at 5pm on a Sunday – but not a WH Smith.  Nor can I go buy a plunger from Wilko.  Or a pair of socks from Primark.

Now I see a whole host of the usual anti-business crackpots from the SNP and Labour are voting against sensible suggestions of economic freedom for businesses and consumers – backed by a few crazed Tories for whom I cannot for the life of me understand why they would be anti-business.

Some people are even bemoaning the loss of the “Christian sabbath”.  Blame Mr Darwin for that one as he has proven your stories to be codswallop.

Please just let us shop on a Sunday at normal trading hours.

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Brexit Corbyn EU Referendum Stick Together

OI! Tories. Stick Together.

OK.  I think the Brexit lot are nutcases.  Some of them make quite lucid arguments but many are fanciful – seemingly expecting a large pot of gold just for leaving the world’s largest trading club.  Not to mention the magical sovereignty – wow.  Get in the English Channel.

On the other side, the Brexiters amongst you probably think I am crazy for wanting to stay in a club with at least some democratic deficiency, possibly some corruption and some damn irritating rules that we have applied to our law book.

Boris used to be one of my favourite politicians but I cannot stand the way he has schemed and gone against what I see as his natural pro-EU stance.  I’m no longer sure I could vote for him as the next Conservative leader.

And I wish John Redwood would stop banging on about Europe as if it was the only thing that mattered to the public, when it is in fact the least of our concerns.

I can see some of you that back in May claimed David Cameron to be an electoral genius, that have now suddenly disowned him as though you’ve just found out he drowned your grandmother.

The above sentences are not the smoothest ever introduction to a political argument, and it isn’t going to be the smoothest period for us Conservatives between now and June 23rd.

I’ll probably have a few arguments in the next few months.  I may even say a few rude words to those banding around absolute bullshit, for example that 70 million people from Turkey will suddenly have free movement of labour within the European Union come October.  And certainly against those for whom leaving the European Union is a net curtain upon their semi-racist souls.

But whatever you think about being in or out of the European Union, even if you take the view that leaving is likely to bring a fairly catastrophic drop in GDP of up to 6%, as some studies suggest, this is absolutely nothing compared to the economic carnage that Jeremy Corbyn has planned for us.

The news yesterday that the failed Greek finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, is advising the Labour Party on economic matters is a reminder of the true danger that these economically incompetent politicians hold for us.

Yanis took the Greek economy to new depths last year, as capital controls were implemented to stop the remaining banks collapsing.  How anyone could have made the economic situation more perilous in Greece is beyond me, but he managed it.

Now somehow, this forceful chancer, who has about as much tact as Gordon Brown had love for Blair, has recast himself as a western ‘man of the people’ shouting down our alleged austerity as government spending continues to grow.

This character, is now advising the Labour party on economics.  You couldn’t make it up – yet this is deadly serious.

So whatever happens come June 24th, the Conservative party must heal, must come together, must forgive the referendum victors.  And must stop banging on about Europe.

Personally I think Brexit might be a disaster.  It also might work out fine.  But whatever the outcome on June 24th, no matter how much the result disappoints or even angers one side, and there will be some very disenchanted folk out there, we absolutely must not allow Corbyn and cronies anywhere near government.

We must stick together.  Whatever your view on the EU – the real danger is letting Labour back in.