The Tories this week said they were sharing the pain of the cuts and targeting the better off.
They lied. Their attacks on child benefit pave the way for a frontal assault on the welfare state—and in the same package they robbed an average of £93 a week from 50,000 unemployed families.
The Tories are the real scroungers. George Osborne, the man leading the assault, is worth £4.3 million and lives off a trust fund generating a fortune every year for doing nothing.
He will inherit a knighthood from his father Sir Peter, the 17th Baronet of Ballentaylor, and is the heir to the Osborne & Little £90-a-roll wallpaper company.
His wife Frances is the daughter of David Howell—the man who coined the word privatisation while in Margaret Thatcher’s cabinet.
Last Sunday’s protest at the Tory conference was a good start to the fightback. We need much more of it.