The idea of universal benefits is stupid-oopid. Why pay for a free bus pass for a pensioner who has a million quid kicking around their bank account? They're never going to use it, it is a waste of money. Likewise, the old dear who spends the winter in her beachfront house in the Bahamas is hardly likely to need the winter fuel allowance. Granted these individuals are few and far between, but if you can't save a couple of hundred quid, how on earth are you going to get around saving a few billion?
The benefits thing for well off families with kids is a ridiculous idea as well. You could be the richest person in the country, yet have a sprog and the government will bung you a few notes regardless. It is bloody silly and damn wasteful.
Yet, as Dizzy points out, Osborne seems to be thicker than bottled pig shit if he thinks his plan to let people earn £80k a year claim the benefit whilst taking it away from those who earn £44,001 a year is going to win him any friends.
OH reports that the ground is starting to shake under the Tories' feet. Excellent.
Now the unions have appointed the work experience boy over the heads of the membership, Labour will be unelectable.
The Tories will lose support faster than a Commonwealth games sprinter running away from the cobra in his athletes' village flat.
The Lib-Dems will tear themselves apart as those with principles will take up arms against those in the party who will do anything to have even a little bit of power.
Hopefully the AV referendum will come to pass and be carried.
Give it 18 months to 3 years and we could see some real sport as the public realise how ugly, self-serving and deceitful the big three are.