Tag Archives: George Osborne

Welfare: I double-dare you

Oops. Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith really set himself up on Radio 4’s Today programme yesterday.

John Humphrys (interviewer): Could you survive on £53 a week?

IDC: Well….if I had to I would.

I repeat: oops. Judging by the public reaction to IDC’s comment, one might have thought he yelled “bring it on!” while pumping the air in defiance. A petition on change.org for IDC to prove he could live on that amount had received 184,554 digital signatures when I started writing this and 208,988 by the time I finished (about an hour). All this is particularly poignant when your party says stuff like “we’re all in this together

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The “aspiration nation”

A mere six hours from his Twitter debut, Britain’s chancellor, George Osborne, had 27,800 followers. Before he could so much as tweet twice, he was greeted with more than a few angry obscenities including delights such as “@George_Osborne go stick your cock in a tiger.” And that’s before he even started speaking. Needless to say, Britain’s 2013 Budget is a tender issue.

Here’s a run down of the most important points for young people in Britain. (I have ignored stuff which doesn’t really affect our jinxed generation. The full summary of Budget changes is here).

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