Only one comment: George Osborne is perfectly happy with his current image as a clown doing uncountable damage to the lives of millions of British citizens, at the request of around one-sixth of the population.
Frank Field, the chairman of the work and pensions select committee, has been supported by a succession of Tory MPs as he urged the government not to go ahead with “terrifying” changes to tax credits next April.
The Labour MP said the government should accept that those most damaged by the proposals were those who had done the right thing – and said ministers should come up with a more modest package that would only reduce tax credits for new claimants.
Field told MPs in a Commons debate on the issue: “Talking to constituents you cannot come away without being incredibly conscious of the fears people are suffering. People we should be saluting and cheering are sick with worry about how they will make ends meet, whether they are going to lose their homes, whether the interest on their mortgages can be repaid, let alone protecting their children.”
Field told the chancellor, George Osborne, he could change his image and show he was a serious tax and benefit reformer.
He said the government had to recognise there was no cost-free way to make such changes, and the government might have to accept that the budget surplus would be achieved more slowly than planned.
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