The Tories have been redefining fairness. You might think such a word was straighforward. In times of austerity with cuts to services the wealthy should have most of the burden. Not with the Tories though, the rich get richer.
http://www.equalitytrust.org.uk/ Because more equal societies work better for everyone.
Even the LD planned mansion tax is out. Labours bankers bonus tax never had a chance.
The Greens have always said we would increase taxes for the very wealthy. Even council tax favours the top 1% who dont pay their share, the rest of us subsidise them. They are the real scroungers, especially those who get out of paing tax with offshore schemes or lile the MPs expence shambles.
So after years of frozen benefits we are to get a rise of 1%, below inflation. So a real terms cut. Many workers have had similarly low increases of even a reduction in pay.
As for the "greenest government ever" boast just read Caroline Lucas in Parliamnt on the
dash for gas. "...there is plenty of bad news about the dash for gas. Not only will it bust our climate targets, but it simply is not cheap. Deutsche Bank, the CBI and the International Energy Agency all say that gas prices will rise. This is the Government who say that they like to make evidence-based policy, so why will the Chancellor not look at the evidence in this instance?"
Just read the NEF take on the autump statement.
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