The National Insurance Lie: A Tax on Work not Wealth.

A manifesto is a roadmap for how a political party wants to run the country during the next parliament. It is their mandate to rule. However, we’ve seen it before and we’ve seen it again now, these promises, these manifesto pledges are not binding. They should be, they are what gives a governing party legitimacy, but having broken 3 of his manifesto pledges in one day, and inflicted more hardship on low paid workers rather than taxing the rich, Boris Johnson’s government should no longer be legitimate as they seek to tax work instead of wealth.

Is he going to call a General Election now that he’s shredded his mandate to run the country? Of course not, Boris Johnson has a massive majority and can do what he likes, however the question of breaking manifesto pledges is a big deal because it means he lied to the country in order to get elected. It’s not like Keir Starmer can exactly force the matter on that point either, given that he lied to the Labour Party to get elected leader himself, his 10 pledges have long been ditched and he’s done nothing but attack his own party, but he’s also failed to offer any alternatives and again that’s the case here, crowing that the Tories can no longer call themselves the low tax party, but failing to offer a plan of his own, not even to tax the wealthy, which, ironically, even the wealthy are calling for! It’s pathetic and the public will warm to him no more over this, than they have over anything else.

The attack on National Insurance is a vile one. The Tories promised it would not be raised and they’ve done it anyway. Work is the route out of poverty they’ve said for years, a lie as it was then, but now its even more dishonest, as they tax work instead of wealth. Johnson might well be blaming the pandemic for needing to do this, but when his plans will bring in and estimated £36bn, most of which is going to the NHS in actual fact, not social care, so it doesn’t even fix the social care crisis anyway, you can’t help but think hang on, Test and Trace cost £37bn – you didn’t put up any taxes to pay for that? and you’d be right, because taxation to pay for stuff is a myth when we as a sovereign country with our own currency can print however much cash we need for whatever we need it for. That is exactly how test and trace was paid for – numbers typed into a spreadsheet – magic! You start being charged national insurance before you even start paying income tax, meaning the lowest paid and often that means the youngest workers on the most rubbish of minimum wage are getting clobbered by this. These are people scraping by, many won’t even be able to do that, relying on foodbanks and working to earn their poverty and not working their way out of it as so many Tory mouthpieces have promised before. Now even more will be affected adversely. The money they spend goes straight into the economy as they spend what they get on food, on utilities, on essentials all the things which keep our economy going unlike the wealthy who just hoard their wealth, which does absolutely nothing to help the economy. By removing some of what little cash they have, it reduces their spending power and is harmful to the economy, this is why so many have said this national insurance rise will actually damage the economy – reducing spending power shrinks the economy, we have to spend for it to grow. Further compounding this will be the withdrawal of the £20 Universal Credit Uplift, Energy bills set to rise £139 a year, furlough ending combined with COVID spiking which we know will disrupt work, we’ve seen it before now so things are looking very scary indeed for those on the lowest incomes. National Insurance is also only paid on earnings and profits as well so anyone making money from annuities, investments, or property rental evades it completely, along with anybody on whatever wage still working past retirement age. Anyone earning over £50K only pays 2% national insurance instead of 12% as well! It is a wicked tax, unfair on so many levels that amounts to an assault on the poor and the young and this 1.25% hike makes it even worse.

It could’ve been so different, but the way to pay for this is to hit those with the broadest shoulders and when UK billionaires have added more than £100bn to their wealth in the last year, why can they not foot the bill? Many are calling for it! One third of what they’ve added to their wealth in the last year would raise what Johnson is projecting, it doesn’t even have to touch what they had before, so why can they not pay it? As it stands 2.5 million households look set to lose an average of £1,290 a year in the next tax year. All families that can most ill afford it. It is a depraved move by bottom feeding, money grabbing, big bucks worshipping maggots for whom greed is their God and the wealthy shielded from paying their share.

A 10% tax on the wealth of everyone who has more than £100m would raise £69bn – is that not fairer? It legitimately would fix social care as well as inject more cash into the NHS though it remains to be seen if it’s the NHS or private contractors running former NHS services who actually benefit. Why are the poor having to pay for the rich? Why is work being taxed instead of wealth? There is no other way of viewing this and the Tories are prepared to betray their voters, betray their mandate to rule to do it.

But it’s not even the only example of pledge breaking that day. By apparently having to do this to pay for social care, Johnson’s manifesto commitment to a plan for social care during the 2019 election campaign has been proven to be a lie.

If pensioners who wouldn’t be hit by the National Insurance clobbering thought they were protected, they’d be wrong as Johnson has decided to scrap the pensions triple lock for a year. Anyone really think it’ll ever be put back into place? Only right before the next election as a sweetener, you can bet on it, that or a promise to reinstate it, but why honestly would you trust a Tory manifesto ever again after this?

How about after you have to sell your house to pay for social care? Yes, even with all these cuts, all these shattered promises, you’ll still have to stump up up to £86K to pay towards your social care. The Tories promised nobody would have to sell their homes to pay for social care, but who has that kind of cash not locked up in their homes? £86K is a cap on costs and kicks in after the first £100K of a homes value, but when the remainder of the property value is divided up as an inheritance, a wealthy homeowner sat in a half million pound property is going to leave a damn sight more to their family than the owner of a house somewhere in the red wall who’ll leave scarcely anything behind at all. Again, it’s war on the poor, it’s a class war. Protect the wealthy, guard their wealth, hammer the poor, they either don’t vote for us or don’t vote at all anyway. The poorest people across the board are paying so the richest don’t have to. This is what happens when you elect an elitist fool without the faintest idea of what life is like for ordinary families, not that he’d give a damn if he did, he only thinks of himself after all. Johnson doesn’t give a damn that he’s broken so many promises and wrecked his mandate, he is a serial liar that couldn’t lie straight in bed and anyone believing a word he says is a fool. The question now is, are we going to just take it, or are we going to do something about it?

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Where’s the money gone Keir & Dave?

Fire and Rehire, the pernicious practice of firing your employees unless they accept new contracts with poorer conditions. Made illegal in many countries, the Tories won’t do it here, so its up to the Trade Unions to defend their members from being mistreated in this way. You wouldn’t expect the political arm of their movement, the Labour Party to indulge in this practice however, but sadly, such is the decline of the Party under the regime of Keir Starmer & David Evans, Fire and Rehire is exactly what they’re doing. Labour is in a financial mess entirely of the making of the two aforementioned idiots. When they took over the party, they enjoyed being debt free and had reserves of £13.5m in the bank. 18 months later, we’re told that the party is one payroll away from bankruptcy. Where’s the money Keir & Dave? What have you blown it on? Settling stupid legal fees and driving away members, losing their dues to the tune of an estimated £6m, a figure quoted this morning by Howard Beckett on The Not the Andrew Marr Show.

What has been reported by Skwawkbox and later by The Independent is that a third of Labour Party staff have been made redundant, yet the party is still taking people on, employing them on temporary contracts on much poorer conditions. Starmer made a big speech not long back condemning Fire and Rehire, but given he’s lied about pretty much everything since he got elected leader, not least of which the 10 pledges he stood for election on, it’s no surprise he’s actually gone back on this as well, made even worse by many of the staff in question finding out from the Guardian newspaper instead of the party.

You can imagine the Trade Unions are up in arms with this. Unite and the GMB, both affiliated unions, both considerable donors to Labour, but not typically from the same wing of the party are singing from the same hymn sheet now. They’ve slammed this action, done without consultation, they’re particularly scathing that they’ve gone for redundancies straight away instead of trying to cut costs in other ways first, such as reducing upper management pay – none of them are getting the axe – and have demanded a response from Labour. So far I’ve not heard that this has happened.

Beckett this morning has also said Labour would be treated like any other bad employer. The party of the workers facing strike action from the very trade unions who fund them and rightfully so as that party seeks to turn away from representing the working class, turning away from socialism and turning into the same Blue Labour, Blairite, tory-lite party that turned so many of us off before. With so many of Starmer’s recent LOTO staff appointments being essentially a Blairite reunion – I bet they got a good employment package – that’s where we are. A party both financially and morally bankrupt at the top, becoming ever more distanced from its own founding principles.

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Bravo Dawn Butler, but Parliament fails us again.

Yesterday just before breaking up for Summer Recess Dawn Butler dropped a few home truths on the Tories about their liar of a leader. She called out his lies. She called out his dishonesty and yet this farce of a House of Commons threw her out for the rest of the day because her language was unparliamentary.

Fuck unparliamentary. Fuck it from a great height, Boris Johnson is a consummate liar and yet our MP’s are forbidden from calling a spade a spade. Boris Johnson is doing real damage to this country and can lie with impunity over it, because he is never dragged back to correct the record. The parliamentary process, the parliamentary language, the parliamentary rules, the pomp and circumstance, the tradition, fails us the nation in doing so. Yet for another MP to call it out? Not allowed. MP’s are not allowed to accuse each other of deliberate deceit. It ties opposition hands and allows a government made up of ministers more than happy to break the rules, to abuse parliament, to abuse what passes for our democracy these days, and to keep on doing so. Such ministers are expected to resign should they deceive the House, but of course that leaves things up to them doing the honourable thing and when they actually have no honour, we end up where we are, with no apparent recourse to even call that out, let alone act upon it. To compare the ridiculousness of this, take the example of 5 Tory MP’s who were recently found to have attempted to sway judges in the case of a sex-offending Tory colleague and all that happened was they lost a day’s pay! A criminal act going unpunished, but accuse an MP of lying? No hesitation – away with you.

It’s not like its even news, we all know Johnson’s a liar. the Peter Stefanovic viral video has now had over 27 million views, clearly showing his lies in action and journalist Peter Oborne has written an entire book all about his dishonesty. Former Tory colleague Rory Stewart called him ‘the most accomplished liar in public life’, another former colleague Anna Soubry said ‘he lies as easily as he draws breath’. That Johnson is a liar is demonstrable and beyond doubt. So why are our elected representatives prevented from calling him one?

Compounding this further are the public dismissals. Daily Fail reader comments referring to her as ‘another Diane Abbott’ in order to discredit her whilst lacing it with a bit of casual racism, shameful but par for the course with gutter rags of that ilk and those that choose to read them, those who would forgive Johnson if he ate a baby on live TV and then defend him when he inevitably lies about it. But worse is the lack of support coming from her own party. So many sitting on their hands not commenting, those that are are almost all from the left and some like Angela Rayner attempted to jump on Dawn’s coattails by repeating the liar line whilst forgetting to even mention Dawn Butler at all. We see you Ange! Barry Sheerman said she was no Dennis Skinner! Why does she need comparing to a white man even if he is a legend Barry? More’s the pity you’re still sat on those benches and Skinner isn’t! Chris Bryant, apparently Labour and a wannabe speaker himself, defended the deputy speaker who threw Dawn out, saying she had no choice. She did, she didn’t have to go there, but raised a point that such things have to be debated. Who gets to choose what to debate though? The House, by voting on a motion to do so and which has a Tory majority of 80. You really think it’d be heard? But as for Keir Starmer, he’s ignored the entire issue, instead reverting to sport once more because the Olympics are up and running. The Silent Knight, silent on his actual job as always. There’ll be a statement involving at least 6, possibly 7 Union Flags, just to make sure, plus pub shots featuring an untouched pint in one hand and some forensic pointing at a telly with some Greek Wrestlers on or some such coming up, you know it’s bloody coming. No solidarity, no support, just the usual flaccid uselessness we’ve come to expect. The political equivalent of an erectile dysfunction. Perhaps once his focus groups have had a chat he’ll come to a decision, but more likely he’ll leave it to someone else and then Captain Hindsight it, acting like it was his idea afterwards. It’s not like there were many Labour MP’s in the chamber at the time, but they should’ve walked out with her, that they didn’t is another scandal.

Johnson can get away with lying at any time, to justify any act and nobody is allowed to call him such in parliament. That is what it means these days to behave in a parliamentary manner. For us on the outside, or even Dawn Butler on the inside calling him out for it? It’s a minor inconvenience to him. Parliamentary democracy is a farce. It needs tearing up and starting again.

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