This is David Cameron and his chubby little cheeks caught in the act of back-pedaling furiously live on BBC’s Breakfast programme, after yesterday’s pretty lame Child Allowance statement caused frothing at the fanny all along Fleet Street. Some stay-at-home mothers may now have to give up the second au pair!
What it is is… yesterday the Chancellor announced that Child Allowance (that’s money you get for having had a child) would be scrapped for anyone earning £44,000 and above. That would not only break the sacred rule of universal welfare payments (just so you get used to the feeling of sacred rules being broken), it would also send out a ‘powerful message’ that we are ‘all in this together’ so that after clobbering those at the very bottom of the ladder, and clobbering them very hard indeed, DC could turn round and say, ‘We are taking away pin money from very rich mums as well, you know. So you go back to eating that raw potato and count yourself very lucky indeed.’
The measure, which wouldn’t come into force until 2013 anyway, would save the government £1 billion. The current round of bankers’ bonuses will amount to an estimated £7 billion. Oh, and the back-pedaling? DC announced he would fiddle the taxes somehow so those stay-at-home mums didn’t miss out on a single penny. Phew!
*curtseys, leaves in a cloud of Charlie by Lentheric*