A Budget to help “those who want to work hard and get on” tweets George Osborne. Really?
Okay. I teach my daughter all about fairness. I try to be fair myself. I like to think the Govt will be fair too. I thought the centre-ish LibDems would be too.
Until now. Every time I see the smug, privileged faces of George Osborne and Danny Alexander I want to throw something at the computer. Osborne tweeted that the March 2013 Budget was for those who wanted to work hard and get on, which Danny reiterated in a recent interview with The Telegraph.
Danny boy says it is economically beneficial for mothers to return to the workplace. Sexist idiot.
And therefore NOT economically beneficial to the household finances if they stay at home. Despite the fact that a stay at home Mum or – heavens forbid – a Dad who brings up their child is benefitting the country. Why? They are more likely to nurture a stable, balanced individual who will bring in lots of lovely cash for MPs to spend on second homes and give to poor bankers.
Now I have never taken a penny in benefits – bar child tax credits – btw WHICH I SPENT ON MY CHILD and her Nursery provision. But – according to The Telegraph -
‘a traditional British family with a stay-at-home mother that is classed by the OECD as well-paid – earning more than double the average wage – will pay 40.5 per cent of their earnings in tax, compared with an international average of 38.6 per cent.’
This is unfair. Hey, two working adults will be able to have credits despite despite earning up to £99,000. While a couple with one working adult and a stay at home mum/dad don’t get benefits at a £60,000 ceiling. Meaning one couple gets a rather stonking tax break, along with their dual tax allowances. I appreciate that £60000 is a lot. So is £99000. My point is that putting a wedge between parents at home and those at work is divisive and UNFAIR.
Either we all get the same tax break or we don’t.
All the recent changes have done is stigmatise me and others who stay at home and care for our children. People who don’t have kids will say that any credit for parents is unfair, ignoring the point that grown up children pay taxes too.
I don’t have ten kids and claim masses of benefits. I have worked for years and paid into the system. I chose to stay at home and bring my kid up. According to Danny’s logic I obviously have done something very very wrong. I am a naughty lazy daddy who does not want to work hard and get on and therefore must stand in a corner. I am sorry I am depriving the Exchequer of money for it to spend on wars and propping up a banking crisis caused by bankers.
Hey, you would have thought that stay at home Dads caused the triple dip recession by lounging about with the stay at home Mums.
I have paid my way by drinking loss of coffee in Starbucks – well, if Starbucks pay their taxes. I have regularly eaten in Morrisons on their Dads, er, Kids Eat Free deal – I mean, that is classy food at £2.95 a head – and probably much better than the subsidised food they get in the House Of Commons or at State Banquets.
I am guilty of wanting to spend time with my daughter, to build a bond and to guide her as she develops through early childhood. I am guilty of forgetting that having children is a sin and that we should all keep our legs crossed and let the human race die out – or at least the plebs.
If Danny & George and David & Nick want to pick a fight they picked on the wrong person. Sadly they don’t think I exist. I am a stay at home Dad after all – not a Mum.
Politicians? Have they ever done a day’s work? Oh Balls to the lot of them. Mind you, he’s probably just as bad.