Is anyone else sick of hearing this from well-heeled politicians, economists and journalists?

I am sorry to disillusion you chaps, but some are more “in this ” than others. Are the thousands of football fans who have just spent £000s of pounds travelling around South Africa and even more buying tickets for the matches “in this”?  Are the people who snapped up the tickets for Glastonbury within 24 hours of the office opening “in this”?

Are the top earners whose salary increased by 7% and bonuses by 22%  “in this” to the same extent as those having a pay freeze?

I have no quarrel with some  getting paid more than others or getting a bonus when they increase productivity, but I do object to the bonuses when there is no increase, and why not a decrease in salary when they fail?

We are told that benefit frauds will be sought out, are we going to put as much effort into tax evaders? I read that tax evasion costs the Treasury far more than benefit fraud.

I think we have all seen anecdotal evidence of frauds claiming disability allowance and then running marathons etc., but I worry that innocent people will be targeted. Not all illnesses follow a recognised course and some have periods of remission. Who is going to decide whether they are disabled or not? Are they guilty until proved innocent? Who is going to employ all those who can sometimes work and other times are barely able to walk? Large firms may be able to accomodate them, but how can a small firm, with the best will in the world, function efficiently with someone who may turn up and may not?

Unemployment is expected to rise even further so where are all these jobs coming from?

I think that most people accept that there will be wealthy people and poor people whatever the government does, but, when so few people own so much of the wealth in the country and the gap is so wide between them and the vast majority, it causes unrest. Look back in history to see what happens when a few people flaunt their wealth and the rest of the population are struggling to survive. When we visited St Petersburg last year and saw the palaces of the nobles I could understand why the Russian revolution took place, the only problem being that the leaders of the revolution became rich and the ordinary people, as usual,  stayed poor.

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