(Original post by Paladian)
What do the socialists think of todays budget?
It wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be, but that about as positive as I can be.
The "living wage" mentioned isn't a living wage.
Piling more loans onto students, 75% of which wont be able to pay them back, is just stupid.
Completely ignored the issue of climate change.
Cutting tax credits for large families on low incomes is going to be devastating.
Cutting housing benefit at the same time that rents are rapidly increasing in the private sector is just complete buffoonery.
The cost of funding free TV licences for the over-75s being transferred from the government to the BBC between 2018 and 2021 is a political masterpiece, but deeply unfair on the Beeb as it wasn't their choice to give pensioners free TV licenses, yet the Beeb can't be harsh enough to deny pensioners the TV. Highly unethical politics right there.
overall, it's clear that the Tories are ruthless, but I'd argue that they are also incompetent, at the moment they are also selling off our assets that we, the taxpayer, paid for, for a knock down rate, purposefully making a loss. Those are not the actions of someone that wants to get this country out of debt, those are the actions of someone who wants to make his mate a few quid on the back of the taxpayer.