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Rebecca Pow: After her shocking claim that working people have more spending power under the Tories, her fellow backbenchers had the front to shout “Never had it so good”.

What stunning ignorance from Taunton Deane Conservative MP Rebecca Pow.

In today’s (November 23) debate following the Budget speech, she had the front to tell the Commons that people in her constituency were better-off now than under the Labour government that ended in 2010.

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell is to be commended for the restraint he showed in his response:

Tories are desperate to convince us we’re all better-off under their misrule.

If they don’t, we might actually notice that they haven’t achieved any of the economic targets they set themselves: Wages are 10 per cent lower than in 2010; productivity is down, meaning nobody on the production line is getting a pay rise any time soon; and austerity is here to stay because the Tories have set back their deficit elimination date until 2025 – 10 YEARS after they originally claimed they would achieve a budget surplus. Other commentators say they won’t manage it until 2031; This Writer says they will never achieve it.

Why the distraction? Mark Steel put it very well in the following Question Time clip, which has resurfaced on Facebook following the Budget:

The time Mark Steel nailed the Tory strategy…#Budget2017

Posted by Ad Sinistram on Wednesday, 22 November 2017

In the past seven years, the richest people in the UK have tripled their personal wealth. Check the Sunday Times rich list if you don’t believe that.

And Rebecca Pow is telling us we should all be grateful for a few extra farthings in our pocket that won’t go anywhere because the cost of living has far outstripped the paltry pay rises her party deigns to grant us.

If This Writer had been in Mr McDonnell’s position, I would have given her a tongue-lashing she would never forget.

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