The duplicity of this government continues unabated. Whilst there are more working people classed as living in poverty than unemployed, the coalition has the audacity to claim they represent the interests of the "hard-working strivers". Presumably, outsourced cleaners with three jobs, and carers making over 20 calls a day, need to "strive" harder? However, whether "toil for scant reward" should be the "great issue of the day" is questionable, simply because there are so many contenders for this description. The "launching of a stealthy assault on low-earners" in this month`s Autumn Statement, with more reductions in universal credit is simply appalling, and Lib Dem support for it should ensure no liberal-minded person ever votes for Clegg and his cronies again.
More deceit with the government playing the "fairness card", yet Osborne fights the case against capping bankers` bonuses; they support social mobility, yet end the Education Maintenance Allowance, triple student fees and allow Gove`s examination reforms to pave the way for a two-tiered system of education.
Yet more with Cameron and Clegg competing with each other to be the families` champion, and giving unnecessary tax relief to married couples to encourage "family values", they disgracefully rush through at the end of the parliamentary year a policy which, on their own admission, will split up 17,800 families. Well done, Archbishop Nichols, for raising concerns about these new immigration rules. Spouses being refused entry, or being deported because their partner does not earn £18,600, is wrong on so many moral and social accounts,and it is not enough for Yvette Cooper to call for a "swift review". Labour should be more pro-active on the issue, demanding figures of families broken up so far, asking questions at PMQs, and demanding a Commons debate. Of course, as the Archbishop admits, "concern about levels of immigration is high", but that does not mean inhumane and uncivilised measures have to be taken, or that a duplicitous government, which uses deportation as an electoral tool, should not be defeated,