Country is falling apart in front of us
We have lost our ability to distinguish right from wrong and Labour has sold its soul for a mere mess of pottage, writes Jody Corcoran
The numbers have yet to be crunched, but in reality this is likely to be the second "regressive" Budget in a row; if that is proven, the reality will be profound. Last year, the ESRI concluded that the top 10 per cent saw their income drop by 0.8 per cent after the Budget but the income of the bottom 10 fell by 2.5 per cent.
Acroynms, statistics and words like "regressive" are cold and detached and can seem unfeeling to the reality that is now for the many thousands of people who are suffering. So let me put it another way, as the tabloids might put it: women were hammered in this Budget – working mothers and stay-at-home mothers were crucified. Let us not look beyond the cut to child benefit.