It’s not where the cuts are, it’s who they effect. And at the moment they are affecting more vulnerable people and all the economists are saying that.
Who is this impassioned NHS worker speaking on last night’s BBC London spending review debate? A nurse? A doctor? A senior manager having to make ghastly decisions? Er, no. She is a communications and PR person who works for a London mental health trust.
On the side Brumfitt is a performance poet who has appeared at a number of festivals and even made it on to Radio 4. Apparently she only started work in London in February and already she is on the telly pretending to be a NHS worker. Will the protection of the NHS ensure that people like her continue to have jobs? I hope not.
In her remarks she complains that the housing benefit cap for a single low paid worker in Westminster is “only” £14K and that this compares badly with an MPs allowance of £24K. She is right but so wrong. On what planet can we afford to keep a single person on £14K of housing benefits? Most working young people in London who pay the taxes out of which housing benefit comes pay £500 per month to share a flat in the suburbs and then pay to go into town on the Tube or whatever.
Let me make three guesses about Brumfitt: she is Oxbridge educated (the burning sense of entitlement shines through), she socialises with BBC people, she will appear with a red rosette on a doorstep near you one day soon.