The Conservative controlled coalition government is a government of u-turns, dithering and incompetence. Cameron, Clegg, Osborne, Duncan-Smith etal seem totally and utterly incapable of understanding that the introduction of ill thought out policies start off a series of events and as it travels the problems just keep mounting up. The problems this government cause they try and explain them away by saying they are "unintended consequences". I have a problem with this explanation, as so many people tell the government what could occur if they continue to press ahead with so many of their policies they have rushed through, like defence and the Harriers and the economy, for example; George Osborne, David Cameron and Nick Clegg took over an economy that was growing and because of their inept policies they have killed this growth stone dead, they were warned repeatedly about that this would happen by the Labour party and by virtually every leading economist and they totally ignored the warnings.
This government are now doing the same over Atos assessment for disabled and sick and terminally ill people and because the government refuse to listen we now have people who have been classed as fit to work, dying of their illnesses, weeks sometimes just days later. We also have a situation where the government have deliberately stirred up hatred towards disabled people and now disabled people are being physically and mentally abused in the street and reported incidents of crimes against disabled people are now rising.
The government have been told their policies to restrict benefits to a 1% rise below inflation will result in over 200,000 extra children being pushed into poverty, as their parents struggle to pay utility bills and feed their families.
The government's cap on housing benefit is another area which is going to cause extreme hardship and has been dubbed this government's "poll tax mark 2", it is going to result in homelessness. Even people on low ages and benefits are going to be forced to find 20% of their council tax as local authorities are forced to claw back money because of the severe cuts in government funding.
The government have been warned about their attack on low wage earners and cuts to their tax credits, it is impossible for some to get their employers to give them more than 16 hours work when the work is unavailable and from April if people cannot find more than 16 hours to work, then they are going to face cuts to their family tax credits.
The government have also been warned about their "bedroom tax"where they are going to cut people's housing benefit by 14% for one spare room and 25% if they have two spare rooms. This will affect those on low wages who receive help with housing costs as well as those on benefits. The government have been warned that there is simply nowhere near enough one bedroom properties to house all those that will be forced to move if they cannot afford the new bedroom tax. The government have been told that this policy will also force poor people to move house several times and that this is simply economically unsustainable. It is also going to cause people to move into privately rented accommodation which will end up costing the taxpayer thousands of pounds extra per month than if things were just left alone. One family had their private rent capped at £500 per week, they lived in a place which cost £700, they were forced to leave their home and now the local authority has been forced to put them up in a bed and breakfast hotel costing them £700 per night.
As you can see, the people being disproportionately hit by these "unintended consequences" of ill thought out, poorly executed plans are the poor, the disabled, the vulnerable, the unemployed and in some cases the elderly.
How can the government claim these are unknown unintended consequences when this government have been warned non-stop by charities, economists, policy units, the Labour party and even the general public etc, all these people can see the folly of these dreadful policies.
The government do know, so we can only assume that what hardships their policies are causing to the poor, disabled, elderly, unemployed etc are actually "intended".
It is not for the government to pick on a certain section of society and make their lives unbearable and try to turn others against these people and to act in a way they are fully aware will bring pain, distress and hardship to people, especially when it is being done to further this government's own personal political agendas.
This is a total abuse of power and as such must surely be arguable in a court of law?
Anyone in any doubt as to what pain, suffering, distress and hardship this government's *intended* consequences is having on people, need only read this distressing letter from Julia, who wrote to David Cameron.
Read more about the bedroom tax HERE
Meanwhile on the same day as all these hardships come in, the government have reduced the tax burden on the wealthiest people in the country, saving them around £40,000 each per year.
Why is this government forcing the poorest and most vulnerable people in our society to pay for the sins of the Tory bankers and hedge funders, who took all our money and gambled it and then both bankers and this Tory government blamed what they did on the Labour government?
They say it is because there is little money and we have to pay the deficit and national debt down, but due to this government's failing botched policies the debt and the deficit is increasing, and this government will borrow more than Labour did in their whole 13 years in government. This government's total incompetence and ill thought out, ill informed policies is costing this country dear, for example; it has cost this country £100 million (and counting) over their botched Harrier and defence decisions and this is just one single botched policy, so far there have been 34 of them! Read HERE how this government have wasted over a £100 million of taxpayers money and have absolutely nothing to show for it.
Read HERE how this government have wasted at least £40 million of taxpayers money on the botched South West rail contract. They were told repeatedly they had got their sums wrong and only listened wen Virgin Rail were taking them to court. It is said that this fiasco will end up costing the taxpayer around £400 million!