This is a continuation of the interactive blog series, today looking at benefits and living standards.
Three texts, but which was in the Labour Manifesto backed by the Labour supporters.
A. All those who are unemployed will be offered a job placement, which they’ll be required to take up or have their benefits cut. We will re-assess those on incapacity benefit to help cut the benefits bill by £1.5bn
B. We will build on the success of working tax credits, increasing them by 20% above inflation over the next parliament. We believe this is a fairer way of distributing the nation’s wealth than increasing tax thresholds. We are proud of the minimum wage and will link this to average earnings.
C. Look everyone knows how much Labour care about the less well off. Look at our record, we’ve allowed bankers to do what the hell they like and made enough loop holes in the tax system so even the fattest fat cat could follow those very nice bankers and private equity bosses through to avoid paying tax. Some were nice enough to donate to the Labour party (funny how they mostly have the first name 'Lord' now). We admit, when things got a bit tight with the national finances we scrapped the 10p tax rate which hurt those on the minimum wage and low incomes. But look, we increased at least one thing for less well off families- We increased the housing waiting list, oh and don't forget the national debt, we've increased that loads.
The answer is
A. Was Labour’s - sounds a lot like some of the things they have attacked the coalition for to me.
B. Was made up to sound plausiblish, there was no such pledge on tax credits and they didn’t mention what they thought of increasing tax thresholds so they may want to put them up if they get back into power at a future date.
C. I don’t know where ‘C’ came from, I assume someone has managed to hack my blog, dam them hackers. Honestly it is frankly a ridiculous idea that ‘C’ could ever happen under any government isn't it…………………..oh hang on......... it appears it did.