Budget 2017

Wednesday will be a pretty depressing day I suspect for most of us, we certainly won’t be richer that’s for sure. The definition below sums up pretty much how I suspect I will feel.

Living costs continue to rise, my rent for example will be going up by 2.5%, affordable social housing my arse, while my wages will be lucky to receive 1% this year. Food and fuel have risen a lot recently, I’m sure you have all noticed when you have went and done the shopping, it’s depressing, inflation sits at 1.8% in the UK. This means that poorer people will become poorer still and many suspect we will see rises in inequality back and beyond the Thatcher years. Rumours for the budget include an increase in tax on alcohol, pension tax relief will change, minimum price of cigarettes, stamp duty for first time buyers might change, the cost of insurance will probably rise again, and there will be more hidden gems that we won’t find out about until days later. It is expected that public spending will be cut again by around 4%, add in the increases to Council Tax and it’s a fair bet that the poorest will be poorer and the wealthiest staying pretty much the same, the Tory mantra.

The last few years, and especially since 2015 and the Tory majority, I have felt that we are back in the days of Thatcher, she once said:

I think we’ve been through a period where too many people have been given to understand that if they have a problem, it’s the government’s job to cope with it. ‘I have a problem, I’ll get a grant.’ ‘I’m homeless, the government must house me.’ They’re casting their problem on society. And you know, there is no such thing as society. There are individual men and women, and there are families. And no government can do anything except through people, and people must look to themselves first. It’s our duty to look after ourselves and then, also, to look after our neighbour. People have got the entitlements too much in mind, without the obligations. There’s no such thing as entitlement, unless someone has first met an obligation.” — Margaret Thatcher

The days of Thatcher have well and truly returned, if they ever really went away in the first place, but the quote above sums up Tory rule again for Scotland. Wednesday will not be a good day for any of us that’s for sure.


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