Following posts on Birmingham and Solihull websites, readers who have responded fall into two categories:
Some – living on average or above average incomes have been quite unsympathetic:
- In her place I’d cut my coat according to my cloth
- Would losing £20 be such a big deal?
- These people are always whining.
- The son’s approach to the Sunday papers was motivated by financial gain.
- Think of the mothers and children cramped in one-bedroom accommodation.
- She didn’t care about the trauma she would be inflicting on the lorry driver
- are thankful that this issue has been raised,
- have written about similar problems they are facing,
- say that their grand-children will not be able to stay with them if they move,
- point out that to a person with a disposable income of £77 – £20 is a 25% cut,
- and that for a single person, £20 is the amount a person will spend on food bill – not including fresh meat.
PCU sees the captive state – Labour and Conservative governments alike, in thrall to the rich and powerful.
Many politicians are eager for the crumbs falling from these corporates – not usually in brown envelopes but in the form of declared directorships and also undeclared lucrative opportunities for family employment.
Two of many examples where the ‘captive state’ is easy on the affluent but bears down on people like Stephanie Bottrill:
The government commandeered taxpayers’ money to bail out other affluent bankers and HMRC created a “bespoke” tax arrangement for Goldman Sachs in order to resolve a “huge relationship issue” with the bank. It excused Goldman Sachs from paying £10 million interest on tax it had not paid. The government also commandeered taxpayers’ money to bail out other affluent bankers.
No parallel desire is shown to create relationships and help the poor and powerless.
The case underlines the need for a new (cross-party?) incorruptible politics designed to offer equality of opportunity and security to all its citizens – not just the affluent few.
Do readers know of any energetic and innovative, public-spirited politicians likely to make a difference? Three named in the West Midlands are pictured above.