The Institute of Fiscal Studies have certainly had time to do their spreadsheets. And they have said the last budget hit the poorest the most.
That’s “end of” as far as I’m concerned. Let’s stop messing around with nerdish jiggery-pokery. You can’t argue with the IFS. You might try. But you’re wasting your energy.
Nick Clegg rejected the IFS analysis and ‘complained that the IFS report didn’t take into account other changes the government plans to make which he claimed would increase fairness’.
That is Alice in Wonderland stuff. How the heck can you take into changes that haven’t been properly announced yet? It’s cloud cuckoo land.
Let’s stop messing around and just accept that the first budget was a total and utter FAIL for the Liberal Democrats. Draw a line, draw breath and quickly work to correct the blunder.
I can’t help thinking that we wouldn’t be in this mess if David Laws hadn’t fallen under a Telegraph story.
I can’t help thinking that Danny Alexander is making diddly squat difference to curtail the idiotic stupidity of George Osbourne.
We don’t need to cut spending as much as the government is intending and we don’t need to hit the poorest more than the rich and well-off. It’s profoundly unfair and illiberal. Let’s stop pretending otherwise.