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Sunak to the middle class: You’re screwed 

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AFTER two weeks of repeated policy flag-waving, it is clear that Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has the middle class in his sights. Indeed, he is locked, loaded, and ready to finish them off.  

The term ‘tax bombshell’ will be an understatement once Chancellor Jeremy Hunt is finished giving his autumn budget speech tomorrow. Once this pair are done, there will be little left of the middle class.  

Ah yes, the British middle class – the most despised of the species, they even hate themselves and try to pretend they are not middle class by claiming they are working class. Such is the vitriol poured on their heads by the media and political class.  

Growing up in Ireland, it would be considered slightly unhinged to claim you were not middle class, when you obviously were. In addition, it would be seen as ungrateful to your parents, who had made the necessary sacrifices to give their children every opportunity for them to claw their way into the middle class, to then reject the term.  

Also, and this is a massive bonus, we don’t have to deal with the ridiculous aristocracy over in Ireland, as there is none. Not formally anyway. And the absolute filthy rich usually park their money elsewhere, like London. My point is, I believe this self-hatred on the part of the British middle class has left them vulnerable to attack – and the attack will prove fatal tomorrow. 

Anyway, ‘the Times has been told that the Prime Minister and Jeremy Hunt, his Chancellor, will accept an official recommendation to increase the living wage from £9.50 an hour to about £10.40 an hour – a rise of nearly ten per cent. The move will benefit 2.5million people. One government source suggested that the increase could be even higher. 

‘Sunak will also give those on means-tested benefits, such as universal credit, cost of living payments worth £650; disability benefit recipients £150; and pensioner households £300. The plans, which extend existing support, will result in some households benefiting from all three payments.’ It’s really nice that the Times has been told before Parliament.  

I don’t necessarily object to a rise in the living wage, but be in no doubt as to who will pay for it all. ‘Sunak and Hunt have said they will prioritise the poorest and that middle-income and wealthier households will shoulder the burden of tax rises in the autumn statement.’ Such lovely, compassionate people, Sunak and Hunt.  

There you have it. You have had the temerity to work hard, perhaps spending five to seven years qualifying into a profession (it now costs a small fortune and at least seven years training to really get through to the end if you want to be a lawyer, doctor, architect or vet). And there you sit in your house, that you might even own, with your one, and possibly two, kids. Just, who may I ask, do you think you are? Maybe you built up a business from scratch – good luck keeping that going.   

Over to The Boys: ‘They have agreed to increase pensions and benefits in line with inflation, a move that will cost £11billion and require deeper spending cuts and bigger tax rises elsewhere in an attempt to balance the books.’ Of course They have.   

Here are the details:  

They have drawn up plans for £33billion of spending cuts and £22billion in tax rises. The Telegraph reports that local authorities could be allowed to increase council tax by five per cent without a local referendum to help to fund social care. At present they can raise the tax by only 2.99 per cent unless there is a vote. 

Sunak and Hunt are also expected to implement an array of so-called stealth taxes, including:  

1.     Freezing thresholds for income tax, National Insurance, VAT, inheritance tax and pensions savings.  

2.     Lowering the threshold for the 45p rate of income tax from £150,000 to £125,000, making a quarter of a million more people liable for the highest rate of income tax. 

3.     An extra 700,000 households will lose child benefit by 2028, according to the Telegraph.  

And a merry Christmas to you too.  

What else, I ask, can they squeeze out of the middle class? Truly, they won’t be happy until it is destroyed completely. The uber-rich can just move their money, while those who pay no tax will receive more in benefits via transfer payments. But the middle class are just totally screwed.  

This is the knockout punch. It’s safe to say that Middle England will be down and out once the dust settles on tomorrow’s Horror Show:  ‘The one where they cut off the hands of the helpless, slightly hopeless, middle class.’ 

And be in no doubt, They (and we all know who They are) have us where they want us. There is no escape. Many middle-class families are mortgaged up to their absolute eyeballs, as they have had to borrow on the basis of two full-time incomes, which was possible before their one child came along.  

But now they have one child – not that they can spend any time with him or her, because of the aforementioned super-mortgage that now costs a lot more as interest rates climb.  

Don’t worry, though. Junior can go into full-time childcare, which costs nearly as much as another mortgage. But Sunak will fix that problem by changing the childcare ratios, meaning your little darling can now be looked after by the underpaid, under-qualified lady who’ll have even more children to keep an eye one. What’s not to like?  

You can’t increase your income because you already work every hour going. The food and energy bill keeps going up, and soon your council tax bill will too.  

I tell you most solemnly, it is great reaping the benefits of 12 years of Tory rule.  

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