I am increasingly baffled by what this Tory government actually stands for.
They’re desperate to dismantle and privatise the entire public sector from the NHS upwards, which is pretty old-school Conservative – but then they’re also dramatically cutting military and police spending, which Tories never do.
Osborne keeps cutting taxes for the richest – typified in, but not restricted to, the 50p tax rate – and increasing regressive taxation (like VAT), which is again pretty typical – but he’s also lowered the threshold for the 40p tax rate, so that tens of thousands more middle-income earners will pay vastly more income tax.
And as if that wasn’t enough, he’s ‘simplified’ the pension system so that pensions – most of whom are staunch Conservative voters – are to get markedly reduced pensions.
It’s almost like they don’t have a fucking clue what they’re doing – because the people who are hurt most by this budget (and this government in general) are working families with children, closely followed by pensioners. Or, to describe them another way “Tory voters”.
I don’t expect this government to stand for most of the things I believe in; Cameron, Gove, Osborne and Lansley are some of the most odious and wretched examples of humanity I have ever had the misfortune to hear speak, expressing as they do attitudes which would be regarded as puritan and oppressive in the proprietor of a Dickensian workhouse. I’m a socialist – I expect them to be against increasing welfare spending and supporting the weakest in society. They’re not for me.
But I’m really starting to think that this Tory government isn’t for anyone – or that it is really only interested in representing millionaire Cabinet members and their close personal friends.
Which is a pretty small minority whichever way you look at it.