ASLEF on the Budget

16 March 2016

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, has condemned George Osborne’s Budget today.

Mick said: ‘The Chancellor claimed this as a Budget for Britain but the truth is it’s just another in a long line of missed opportunities.There is an iron law in British politics: the Chancellor claims the credit when things are going right, but blames the global economy when things are going wrong. And that’s what Mr Osborne did today.

‘The Chancellor has had seven budgets to “fix the roof” as he put it. It doesn’t say much for the quality of his repair job that the rain has started to come in. That’s why he’s raising taxes – is a sneaky,stealth tax sort of a way – though he promised not to. That’s why he’s announcing more cuts – even though we can all see austerity doesn’t work.

‘This isn’t a Budget for Britain – it’s a Budget for the few, not the many, for people earning more than £50k but not for those on low and middle incomes, not for those who are homeless, and hoping to get a home, and not for those who are waiting in line at the food banks which are proliferating in this country and shame a nation which still has the fifth biggest economy in the world.’

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