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The bedroom tax vote will NOT, I repeat NOT change the policy ahead of the General Election in May 2015.  The events surrounding it may cause all sorts of political shake ups but the vote will NOT change the bedroom tax for tenants or landlords affected by it before the next General Election, writes Joe Halewood on his SPeye Joe blog.

It will change diddly squat, nil, zip, nada, and absolutely bugger all …just in case you haven’t yet got the picture.  So, please, please, please ignore all the absolute crap you read about this vote and what it means for the bedroom tax.  It means that the bedroom tax will NOT change one iota before the next General Election.

You can read the rest of the article on SPeye Joe but the long and the short of it is, he’s right. The earliest the Affordable Housing Bill could become law is after the next General Election.

That’s not really the point, though, is it?

The point is that the Conservatives have been defeated in a vote on one of their principle policies of repression and their Coalition allies, the Liberal Democrats, have split from them on this matter.

While we must all acknowledge it is unlikely the Lib Dems have made this move out of any sense of morality – they had no problem with inflicting the Tax on us all in the first place – this means they are looking at the electoral implications.

They have realised that the Bedroom Tax is hugely unpopular and becoming more so by the day.

They have realised they cannot hope to be re-elected in useful numbers if they continue to support it.

The Conservatives – from the way they behaved on Friday, have not.

Tick tock, Tory boys…

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