The blatant class bias of the budget reminds me of the late William Buroughs’ novel ‘Naked Lunch’. This is surely ‘the frozen moment when everyone sees what is on the end of every fork’. For those still seduced by Government propaganda or unconvinced by the poor showing of Labour to date, there can no longer be any doubt about the purpose of this Government: a masssive shift of wealth from the poorest to the richest. Accompanied by levels of dishonesty, smugness and cynicism that beggar belief.
But have the ConDems made a serious political misjudgement with this undisguised reduction in taxes for the rich and big business and the increased burdens on pensioners and the poor? Ed Milliband offered a surprisingly strong response to the budget in Parliament. Is this the moment where Labour, in the words of the Bulgarian proverb, ‘seize opportunity by the beard, for it is bald behind’ and start to shift the debate to an alternative economic strategy based on a rejection of austerity and a switch to investment, jobs and growth? I fervently hope so!