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Chancellor's hypocrisy won't be forgotten

It seems clear after the Chancellor's Budget that the groups who are going to pay a high price for deficit-reduction are many and varied.

Students face unprecedented levels of youth unemployment and a freeze on the minimum wage. The elderly have had their pensions effectively reduced.

Workers in the public sector will suffer a continued wage freeze. Motorists face escalating fuel prices.

Those on low incomes have lost tax credits. The disabled have had their benefits slashed and means tested.

George Osborne, though, has made a special case for those earning more than £150,000 and cut their tax bill, so now some will be better off to the tune of more than £40,000. The rank hypocrisy of this decision will not be forgotten.

SIMON GOSDEN

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