David ‘The Bully’ Cameron & The Tax Credit Constitutional Crisis
Tax credits are big news still and it could all be about to come to head tonight. The Lords have the Tax Credits bill in front of them, as well as potentially up to four motions to vote on regarding the bill proposed by Labour, Lib Dem and Cross-bench lords – the most challenging of which is the Lib Dem motion to decline their support in it’s entirety for the bill – effectively blocking its path towards becoming legislation.
Cameron and the Tories are outraged – the supremacy of the Commons is widely regarded as an unbreakable and undebateable aspect of the political system of the United Kingdom and Conservatives in the Commons and Lords say that we’re heading for a constitutional crisis.
But are we? Or is David Cameron’s ‘compassionate’ Conservatives simply using the same bully boy tactics it has against the disabled and the poor against the House of Lords – whose purpose is to review legislation passed by the Commons.
The truth is:
It’s all Tory bluff and bluster. The House of Lords are perfectly within their rights to vote for the so called, ‘fatal motion’, that would block the progress of this bill.
The Conservatives are telling us this is ‘clearly a financial bill’, according to our friend, Mr Hancock. If that is the case, Mr Hancock, why was it not brought as primary legislation to the Commons.
The answer? The answer that the Conservatives don’t want to tell us? The reason why it was brought in as secondary legislation, using a statutory instrument, is because the Tories don’t want to debate it.
They don’t want you to know that this bill is going to make nearly 3.5 million people in this country £1,300 worse off, over night. To put this in context – the people who are losing this money – the lowest paid in Britain, this equates to losing approximately 10% of their pay on average – no taper period, no ‘it only affects new claimants’, no fairness.
They don’t want you to know, that overnight, the effect of this bill will be plunge 200,000 British children into poverty overnight.
This is George Osborne’s unemployment austerity bomb because, although there are many other ways that he could make these savings and more, which would be less painful for less people, George Osborne has decided he’d like to continue an ideological warfare against the welfare state and cut from the economy at such speed that he can reach some goal for a very arbitrary date at which we’ll generate a surplus.
The Conservatives are going about these tax credit changes in a way that will result in a great deal of unnecessary suffering for many poor people in work and children who played no hand in the financial crisis.
We need to ensure that the Lords rejects this bill in the same way that the Great British public do.