10 essential responses to a dismal Budget
We were going to write our own Budget summary. But then we became too depressed. Fortunately, the blogosphere did the hard work instead – here's our list of gold-plated posts:
The fairness test
Howard Reed, Tim Horton and Sunder Katwala's detailed analyses show how the Budget comprehensively defeats the Coalition's claims of fairness.
- Osborne’s tax changes are regressive (not “progressive”)
Left Foot Forward
- Why the fairness test matters - even when you fail it
Devil in the detail
Anthony Painter, Richard Murphy, Don Paskini and (on this website) Heather Wakefield look beyond the headlines to uncover some very unpleasant facts – though Richard did at least also find a small glimmer of anti-tax avoidance hope.
- An unremarked absolute horror from the Budget
Anthony Painter (whose LabourList post is also well worth reading)
- Corporation tax and the budget: What will they really pay?
- New government housing policy: make people homeless
- Lowest-paid public servants denied Osborne’s £250 rise
The Other TaxPayers' Alliance
Lies and statistics
Chris Dillow and Hopi Sen explore the misleading assertions behind and within the Budget.
Pain without gain
Ann Pettifor and George Irvin warn of the dire consquences of the drive to austerity.
Have we missed something essential? Let us know.