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Helping the poor is alien to the Tories

By Nuala McKeever

The Unite union is opposing cuts in public spending. Its leaflet says the Government should instead recoup billions of pounds in unpaid taxes and tax society’s big earners more.

“Who needs more than £100,000 to live a comfortable life?” the leaflet asks. “Hear hear!” cry all the people who don’t earn anywhere near that amount. What those who earn more than £100K are crying, I’m not sure, but I imagine it sounds a bit like, “Keep your hucking fands off my dosh!”

Whatever the reasonableness of Unite’s demands, its optimism astounds even me. Asking for the rich to be taxed to support the rest of us, pre-supposes a government with an interest in the greater good of all.

Now, even New Labour wasn’t great at that, so what on earth chance is there with the Tories?

David Cameron (left), the shiny face of Conservatism, may try to sound like a human being, but those of us old enough to remember the last Tory reign know that it’s only a matter of time before he does a John Hurt in Alien.

We are all cast as Sigourney Weaver, just waiting, unaware, for Margaret Thatcher to explode out of his stomach and squirt us all with deadly bile.

To paraphrase the First Vampire of Finchley herself, “A Tory, is a Tory, is a Tory.”

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