I am writing this introduction after completing the review. After almost finishing this I discovered that “That Other Guy” has already done a review of the british budget reform. However I decided that I would continue and finish this review mostly because I believe that I can bring a different perspective to him on this matter and partly because I already put in the effort and I’ll be fucked if it’s all for nothing.
It is no surprise to anybody who actually knows me that I dislike the conservatives. They are for the most part, a bunch of posh inbreds with ancient views on the world and no understanding on how it actually works. Also whenever I look at Cameron I’m always reminded of that David Icke conspiracy theory that all world leaders are actually alien lizards in skin suits. I can visualise with no great hardship Cameron lowering a live mouse into his gob like the aliens from “V”.
However my hatred of the conservatives and their leader from another dimension is not what I am here to talk about. Rather than looking at all of the budget reform I will be focusing on the part that affects me because I’m one of those greedy socialists Davey boy is always moaning about. The welfare reforms are the part that I want to talk about. Unlike my learned friend That Other Guy I am not from a standard british family, my parents are separated – one has a serious disability meaning that she can barely walk let alone work and the other has post traumatic stress from numerous attacks on him when he was a parking warden and a security guard, which renders it impossible for him to work. We all get disability living allowance, my brother and I included, since we also have our own problems. So we are the ones on the end of these cuts. The spare bedroom tax is what is gnawing rather angrily at my arse though. My brother is at university at the moment meaning that for most of the year his bedroom is spare. It is not however surplus. But who are we to quibble over technicalities as far as people can see its free, so we’re losing money.
I just don’t understand what this is meant to do though. According to the conservatives, “sort out the scroungers”, but what exactly are they scrounging. Surely for this to work there would have to be a ratio of single bedroom, two bedroom, three bedroom so on houses identical to the number of people who require only single bedroom, two bedroom (etc) houses. What if a person is living in a two bedroom house and along comes the tax man who says “You have to pay extra or move” and there are no single bedroom houses available in the area. It does happen and at the moment and elderly couples are complaining because they have found themselves in that situation.
I would like to ask though how many spare rooms does Cameron have. Probably a couple in his main home, a couple in his second home, he probably has them in his summer home and his holiday home. I wonder if he’ll actually pay any tax this year. It’d be a first.