So we are now dying younger, Osborne and Cameron’s job is complete.
“We got there in the end – a remarkable national effort”: that’s how former chancellor George Osborne celebrated the government meeting his deficit target on the day-to-day budget two years late. “It was the right thing to do,” was David Cameron’s smug echo.
Owen Jones article is well worth a read. We have seen the lowest wage growth in years, and some of the worst in the EU, add in the cost of living and you have the perfect storm.
According to the TUC child poverty in Scotland has continued to rise year on year since the Tories got back into power. In 2010 the number sat at 122,000, in 2018 it sits at 185,00 which is an increase of 52% and life expectancy has ground to a halt as Owen Jones points out for the first time since 2011. As we know from the raising of the retirement age people in Scotland, who have a lower life expectancy, will draw less of their pension, if at all, and will basically be subsidising the better off in the South East of England, Better Together anyone.
We know there has been a huge increase in the use of food banks across the UK year on year since the Tories came to power and brought in both austerity and universal credit.
But it’s ok because one of the last things that Osborne and Cameron did was to look after their own. The Queen, according to the BBC, got a whopping rise with as Sovereign Grant will have risen from £31m to £82m over six years – (this) has been made public at a time of continued pay restraint in the public sector and when there is a focus, after the Grenfell Tower fire, on the divide between rich and poor. They also made sure that the wealthy did ok.
Don’t you just love the Tories!