Has anyone noticed certain similarities between the Sheriff Henchman Guy of Gisborn and George Osborn? No, I don’t mean the steamy Richard Armitidge depiction. I mean the derisive bailiff who took from the poorest what they did not owe. This Robin Hood Region blog shares some Green arrows of truth to drive into the latest budget; a budget already full of holes:
- Subtract from those with least and you end up with less than nothing -basic maths!
- Unemployment has increased since his government came to office (2.53m up from 2.47m) with those people blamed for poverty.
- There are economic and environmental holes all over the budget.
- Words and phrases such as ‘unavoidable’, ‘there is no alternative’ are the words of bullies and abusers the world over. Is it coincidence that these are words spoken today by our government? We must each draw our own conclusions…
- “With the Joseph Rowntree Foundation warning that tax rises, welfare cuts, and wages freezes will push over 7 million children below the breadline in the next two years, it’s scandalous that this millionaire Government is still so reluctant to make the richest in our society pay their fair share of tax.” Caroline Lucas
- If millionaires and multinational corporations pay ever-decreasing income tax the deficit will get worse – basic maths!
- Corporation tax avoidance works against small & medium sized businesses which make up 60% of private sector.
- “Treating 1 million of our cold draughty homes each year would create 140,000 jobs, save each household up to £250 in fuel bills, and cut carbon emissions.” Natalie Bennett
- The Chancellor has failed to provide the framework to fulfill the enormous potential of our green economy.
- The right to earn £10,000 tax free for the decreasing amount of people in steady work does not add up when public service cuts and other economic injustices mean more do not have jobs or cannot work because of issues such as disability or age
- The budget still relies on taxing the poorest most, targeting the most vulnerable, including children, single parent families and those with disabilities.
- The budget fails to value the vital work of those within the public sector, undermining schools, hospitals etc … undervaluing their service and their staff
- The budget goes against the directive of the International Monetary Fund (IMF):
- IMF says the cutting corporation tax does not boost growth!
- IMF says we need to spend more not less. Cuts are not working.
- Fair corporate taxation does not mean an noncompetitive economy. Sweden, Finland and others have managed.
- The Department of Energy and Climate Change say shale gas is unlikely to reduce energy prices significantly. It will suppress the development of vital renewables:
- ‘The lazy, arrogant ‘no alternative’ argument lacks vision, intelligence, humanity & sense.
- “Amidst the tax breaks for shale gas and boastful roadbuilding pledges, there is one huge green economy-shaped hole in this flailing Chancellor’s Budget.” Caroline Lucas
- UK new nuclear is likely to be more expensive and less safe per unit of electricity supplied than any other low-carbon energy source and too slow to deploy to meet our pressing energy needs.
This budget is a continued, self defeating war on the poor and has total disregard for environmental resources and balance we and other beings need in order to survive. It is socially unjust and economically reckless. It flies in the face of the needs of the majority for jobs, for warm homes, for enough money to live with dignity. It creates more poverty and then blames the poor. It works against sane action for safe, healthy environment and sustainable futures for all. Robin Hood Tax, or financial transaction tax on banks’ more risky ventures is one way forward. I encourage people to look into ever- Green policies to find out more and to vote Green in the fight for fairness.
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