Oops! Those who read my rants will have noticed that the blasted politicians stole a march on me last week and by the time Tuesday’s Lynn News plopped onto your doorstep, the Chancellor had performed a perfectly executed ‘U’ turn and completely abandoned a cornerstone of his financial shenanigans…..for political reasons.
On one hand I was almost incandescent with rage at the fact that he’d ‘shot my fox’, but it was gratifying to see him grovelling at the feet of his tormentor…Iain Duncan Smith!
IDS, in a moment of perfect political clarity, had seized his opportunity to gain the high moral ground and pull the rug from underneath the man who, worryingly, was likely to become our next Tory ‘Grande Fromage’. It’s hard to imagine the frustration of Leader of HM’s Opposition, a Mr Jeremy Corbyn, as he watched, like some hapless gawping bystander, as Osborne’s cruel measures were trashed by other Conservatives. The one thing that ought to have been a glorious opportunity for a socialist leader was filched from under his nose by the ‘Nasty Party’ and his influence and involvement appeared to be less than zero!
Anyway, the whopping chunk of money that was to be taken from the disabled will now have to be hacked from elsewhere if The Chancellor is going to balance his books. He can’t easily swipe it back from the beneficiaries of his budgetary largesse unless he wants to further jeopardize his Guvnor’s chances of keeping us in Europe so he’ll probably do it the ‘old fashioned’ way and steal it from us all..a penny here, tuppence there. You’ll hardly feel a thing, but get it back he will!
Another way we might see him balance the books is if he was to review the chunks of money vaguely earmarked for infrastructure projects. I’m thinking about the tangled and increasingly wobbly plans for the Ely rail junction upgrade and the highly controversial initiative to unify Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire into one Unitary Authority. With one swish of his fountain pen George could scupper the rail upgrade and slash the much-vaunted investment cash offered as bait to persuade us to join forces with them Suffolkers and the nobs in Cambridge.
All this chaos and uncertainty as a direct consequence of a politician’s conscience finally getting the better of him? Long may it continue! There is no doubt in my mind that this genuinely unforeseen turn of events will have long-term impacts for us all. Apple carts have been upset in Parliament, the balance of power has seismically shifted and the ‘quiet man’ may well have made his Machiavellian move at precisely the right moment. We shall see what happens after their Easter recess.
But what relevance does this turmoil have for us in Norfolk? Well, someone could realise that our tired, lacklustre and drearily predictable political landscape doesn’t have to continue for ever. Moulds can be broken, but it will take more energy than the current pitifully docile Labour chap is displaying.