Millions of ordinary British people who work diligently, pay their taxes if not uncomplainingly then at least honestly, make no demands on the social welfare or the criminal justice system, who are in no need of constant policing, containment or intervention, raise families responsibly, assist in their children's education, recognise responsibility for their own health and who manage to behave in a socially responsible way on a median personal income of £26k a year have every right to expect fair treatment from government.
These people are the ones who fill the Treasury's coffers, who pay the wages of Brown's army of Quangocrats, who fund MPs' bloated and recession-proof pension pots, who pay for Labour's mendacious military adventures, and who pay for all the social welfare agencies and the vast costs of policing and supervising the feckless and corrosive underclass. On any scale of fairness their expectation of a share in measures to counter the recession is a reasonable one.
Does Brown recognise any of this? Of course not. The IMF are pushing for tax cuts in the region of 2% of GDP. The Taxpayers Alliance have recommended immediate measures to cut income tax by 3p, take 2% off VAT and reduce employers' NICs by 2% from the current 12.8%. These measures come to about 2% of GDP. They would without doubt be the fairest and most equitable way of buffering the nation through the worst of the recession. Which is why Brown won't even consider it.
Brown's only concern is to increase hand-outs to his Welfare State clients. He's quite happy to see the prudent, responsible core of this nation not only suffer, but pay for his largesse.
Janet Daley, writing in the Telegraph this morning, recognises this. Millions of ordinary, responsible families across Britain recognise this. Unfortunately, neither Labour nor the Tories recognise this. Cameron and Osborne will stick to their purist position and condemn us to another five years of Labour, and Brown will use the opportunity to ratchet up the micro-management of the intrusive State into all our lives.
The intelligent and well-reasoned anonymous response to this post below is faultless in its logic. However, what if Brown calls an election before the backlash kicks in? The Tories are allowing themselves to be cast as the villains. They will shed votes like water from a weir.
I'm sorry, but getting Labour out of office and keeping them out is the greatest of all priorities. And if this takes Osborne standing on the rooftop in his underpants shouting 'Jam tomorrow!' then it's a price worth paying.