Credit where it is due

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne makes a key note speech at the Science and Industry in Manchester where he said that a new high-speed rail connection and better roads could create an economic "powerhouse" in the north of England to rival the success of London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 23, 2014. The Chancellor indicated that an upgraded, high-speed link between Manchester and Leeds should be considered as part of the review of the second phase of the HS2 project. See PA story POLITICS Osbourne. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne makes a key note speech at the Science and Industry in Manchester where he said that a new high-speed rail connection and better roads could create an economic "powerhouse" in the north of England to rival the success of London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 23, 2014. The Chancellor indicated that an upgraded, high-speed link between Manchester and Leeds should be considered as part of the review of the second phase of the HS2 project. See PA story POLITICS Osbourne. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
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It gives me great pleasure to see the smug smiles wiped off the faces of David Cameron and George Osborne after yesterday’s rejection by the House of Lords of the Tory government’s plan to reduce working tax credits.

Whilst I agree that the benefits system needs overhauling, I do not believe that low income families who are probably on the minimum wage and possibly zero hours contracts should bear the brunt of the cuts.

The government talk of introducing a living wage, but it appears that some employers do not pay the minimum wage, so getting them to pay a living wage could prove difficult.

Perhaps if the government recovered some of the tax that some companies and indeed wealthy individuals avoid paying, they would not have to keep hitting the lower paid.

Prior to the election, Mr Cameron said he would not cut tax credits and that the Tories were the party of the working class, it doesn’t appear that way at the moment.

Whilst the government were fawning around the Chinese Prime Minister, cheap Chinese steel was flooding this country and putting hundreds of steelworkers out of work.

I wonder how much British steel will go into the power stations the Chinese will build?

The Tories will always revert to their old ways, look after the rich, and keep the lower classes firmly under foot.

Roger Bird

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