Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has summed up the Tory agenda for Britain in a single sentence spoken at the Conservative party conference in Manchester.
Speaking of Chancellor and PM-in-waiting George Osborne’s plan to eliminate tax credits for working people, Hunt said:
We have to proceed with these tax credit changes because they are a very important cultural signal.
“My wife is Chinese. We want this to be one of the most successful countries in the world in 20, 30, 40 years’ time.
“There’s a pretty difficult question that we have to answer which is essentially: are we going to be a country that is prepared to work hard in the way that Asian economies are prepared to work hard, in the way that Americans are prepared to work hard? And that is about creating culture where work is at the heart of our success.
In short, tax credits for working people are being cut as part of a wider effort to lower the wages and working conditions of the UK to those of China and the U.S.
What an ambition. These two nations not only have some of the worst working conditions among advanced nations, but the lowest productivity too.
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