Saturday 28 November 2015


Along with a pile of stuff he's doing, mainly in England from what I could see, he apparently wants money from me.

Good luck to him with that.
Dear Peregrin,

The Autumn Statement I gave today delivers on the promise we made to the British people that we would put their security first:

  • To protect our economic security, by taking the difficult decisions to live within our means and bring our debts down. The public spending plans I set out today mean we will reach a surplus of £10.1 billion in 2019/20 – that’s higher than was forecast at the Budget and means Britain will be out of the red and into the black.

  • To protect our national security, by defending our country’s interests abroad and keeping our citizens safe at home. There will be no cuts in the police budget with real terms protection for police funding and we deliver on our commitment to spend 2 per cent of our national income on defence.

But this Spending Review does not just ensure the economic and national security of our country, it builds on that with:

  • Full funding for the Five Year Forward View that the NHS itself put forward as the plan for its future with the first £6 billion delivered up-front next year.

  • The biggest real terms increase to the basic State Pension in 15 years. Thanks to our commitment to the triple lock, next year the basic state pension will rise by £3.35 to £119.30 a week.

  • The biggest housebuilding programme by any government since the 1970s with a doubling of the housing budget to over £2 billion a year. Our bold plan to back families who aspire to buy their own home will deliver 400,000 new homes by the end of the decade.

  • The phasing out entirely of the local government grant. By the end of the parliament local government will keep all of the revenue from business rates. We will abolish the uniform business rate so councils will be able to cut rates to attract a new business to their area, but because the amount the government raises in business rates is much greater than the amount we give to local councils through the local government grant we will phase that grant out entirely and devolve additional responsibilities.

  • A new apprenticeship levy to deliver 3 million apprenticeships. This will ensure large businesses share the cost of training people, but no business with a pay bill below £3 million will have to pay. We will also increase the funding for each apprenticeship to make sure these are high quality apprenticeships.

  • Real terms protection of schools budget. We will maintain funding for free infant school meals, protect rates for the pupil premium, and increase the cash in the dedicated schools grant. We’re also going to open 500 new free schools and University Technical Colleges, and invest £23 billion in school buildings and 600,000 new school places.

  • The largest ever investment in free childcare so working families get the help they need. From 2017, we will fund 30 hours of free childcare for working families with 3 and 4 year olds. We’ll support £10,000 of childcare costs tax free and to support nurseries delivering more free places for parents we’ll increase the funding for the sector by £300 million.

  • The improvement in the nation’s finances used to help on tax credits. Because of the improvement in the public finances, the simplest thing to do is not to phase these changes in, but to avoid them altogether. Tax credits are being phased out anyway as we introduce universal credit.

  • An average saving of £30 from the projected energy bills of 24 million households by introducing a cheaper domestic energy efficiency scheme.

Five years ago, when I presented our first Spending Review, our economy was in crisis and as the letter Labour left behind said: there was no money left. Our job then was to rescue Britain. Today, our job is to rebuild Britain. Build our finances. Build our defences. Build our society.

Thank you,

George Osborne 
Chancellor of the Exchequer


  1. He's got a brass neck.
    And an extraordinarily large hooter too.

    1. To be fair Gerry he does need someone to pay for his wee *ahem* white powder fascination because he can't claim it on his expenses ... apparently!

    2. Aye, it could also explain the big hooter!

  2. tris

    You'd better watch yer back slagging off your betters
    I mean look what they do to their own it being all over the media.
    Putting all the Political posturing aside what was done to that Boy
    and how he took his own life was a tragedy to do it the way he did
    is so very sad. no matter what party you support its sickening.

    The problem is we have all seen Flashman at PMQs so no surprise
    Cameron first reaction was (wrongly ) to give his full support to someone
    who was and is responsible for his part in the boys bullying.

    I dont know if you have seen the report in the Guardian

    but you should the whole sorry saga is emblematic of The Conservative Party
    and Conservative Governance how goes that Boy so goes the United Kingdom
    a political point I admit.................But a bloody accurate one

    1. I've just read the Guardian report Niko.

      I can;t get it out of my mind that that lad, with his life before him took himself to a railway line and sat on it waiting for a train to come and kill him.

      I don't care what political party he was affiliated to and working for. He was not more than a boy. And he's dead becasue of yuppies in smart suites. It should make us all sit up and think... what are we doing?

      Seriously heart breaking Niko.

  3. The only believable bit, in that pile o pish, was the blue plaque.

  4. The only housing he should be paying for is social housing. Waiting lists of 15+ years are not acceptable.


    1. Agreed. Whist the aspiration of owning one's own home (which I've never really understood) may be creditable, it's a pipe dream to millions of Brits living on minimum wage, or working zero hour contracts, or in short term posts.

      The fact that there is so little social housing available is ridiculous.