Tuesday, 24 January 2012
Friday, 6 January 2012
We really should expect more from our MPs that pontificating over what is blindingly obvious. Today it was the PM himself.
For all its shortcomings, today’s Daily Telegraph contained a couple of gems.
First, there was the timely reminder from the PM of the growing divide in society, with a suitably thoughtful portrait of him to emphasise the point. (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/yourbusiness/8995757/David-Cameron-says-tax-cuts-will-restore-business-confidence.html ). He didn’t quite put it this way though, he just pointed out that some people are doing OK thank you very much. So the central heating bills have gone up a bit and the £50k+ salaries have not moved much, but the new telly was heavily discounted and the company pays for the petrol – yes, these people have a job and a good one at that. You don’t have to puzzle too long over why John Lewis is not seeing much of a recession – and it’s not solely because that’s where the MP’s themselves shop! No highly paid retail guru needed to work this out.
In contrast there are all those on benefits of one kind or another being squeezed on both sides, which are too embarrassing to talk about very often – better to remember and concentrate on their nice Waitrose-patronising counterparts.
Secondly, there was the article by Fraser Nelson “Poverty, not colour, is the real dividing line in modern Britain”, which echoes the same theme (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/8995295/Poverty-not-colour-is-the-real-dividing-line-in-modern-Britain.html) and whilst I don’t agree with all of what he says, I do with the headline. (Remember too that there are not different types of poverty (so-called fuel poverty etc.), just poverty!)
No politician will openly say that they are happy for the social divide to increase, but there clearly comes a point where through the actions they have taken, wilfulness to do just this is the only logical conclusion that can be drawn.