Suzy pours scorn on Autumn Statement..even before chancellor has delivered it!
Politics / Thu 5th Dec 2013 am31 10:23am
LABOUR’S general election candidate for Harlow, Suzy Stride has said the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement is already a shambles before it has even been delivered.
Ms Stride said: “After last year’s Budget, George Osborne was forced into chaotic U-turns on the pasty tax, the caravan tax and the charities tax.
This year we’ve already had panicky changes in government policy: on payday loans, cigarette packaging, energy subsidies and bank lending.
Labour will take action to build more homes, expand apprenticeships and back small firms by cutting business rates and setting up a British Investment Bank. We’ll make work pay by expanding free childcare for working parents of three and four year olds to 25 hours per week, and introduce a compulsory jobs guarantee for young people and the long-term unemployed. And Labour will freeze gas and electricity bills until 2017 while we make long-term changes to the energy market.
“George Osborne will trumpet figures and claim that the economy is recovering but ordinary families in Harlow are facing a cost of living crisis. Workers in Harlow are on average £1,666 worse off now than they were when the Tories and their Lib Dem collaborators came to power. At the same time, David Cameron and George Osborne have given a tax cut to their mates earning more than £150,000 – how out of touch can you get?
“On energy, the test for George Osborne is this: whatever he announces must both stop bills rising this winter and make the energy companies pay for it, not the taxpayer. We don’t need more half-measures and panicky climbdowns from the Chancellor -only a price freeze will do.”
Silent Suzy leads with her chin again! The biggest talking point of the Autumn Statement was the terrible failure that Balls made of his speech! It also showed everything he's been saying is WRONG!