The culprit: But while George Osborne is directly responsible for the tax credit cut, so is the rest of the Parliamentary Conservative Party, who have voted it through – even those who spoke against it like Heidi Allen.

Three thoughts occur. Firstly, where was the outcry when Iain Duncan Smith was merrily hacking the incomes of sickness and disability benefit claimants down by much more than the tax credits cut mentioned here?

Also, when did the Conservatives make any real effort to stop people seeing them as the Nasty Party? They’ve been nasty all along; perhaps some people only bother to notice when the nastiness is affecting them personally.

Finally, with letters informing tax credit recipients of the cuts timed to arrive just before Christmas, is Osborne – whose original first name was Gideon – trying to rename himself a second time – to ‘Grinch’?

George Osborne is facing a Cabinet backlash over his plan to cut state benefits for millions of families, who will be notified before Christmas.

Three Cabinet ministers, another senior minister and a number of Conservative advisers have privately expressed grave concerns over the Chancellor’s handling of the reforms.

They warned that Mr Osborne’s policy was being seen as “penalising” the working poor and may turn into a Poll Tax-style error, undermining years of effort to dispel the image of the Tories as “the nasty party”.

The Chancellor’s reform to tax credits, which will see 3.3  million families lose an average of £1,300 next year, is a key component of his plan to eliminate the Budget deficit.

Source: Cabinet in crisis as ministers turn on George Osborne and his tax credit letter timed to ruin Christmas – Telegraph

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