Other people’s money

It’s the party political conference season and currently the Lib Dems are trying to dig themselves into an early grave by raids upon the taxpayer to pay for goodies for people who don’t contribute. Other than a leaked email telling the world that they intend a mansion tax (again) coupled by a tax raid on anyone earning above £50,000 who they reckon are on a “very large salary” and should pay more income tax. They also announced that the taxpayer is going to have to pay for all infants attending school in the UK to get free dinners…

BBC.

All pupils at infant schools in England are to get free school lunches from next September, Lib Dem leader and Deputy PM Nick Clegg has announced.
The change – for children in reception, year one and year two – will save parents about £400 a year per child.
Targeting infants would ensure “every child gets the chance in life they deserve”, teach healthy eating habits and boost attainment, Mr Clegg said.

Magic money tree economics at its best, no doubt parents with infants will think ‘oh goody’ whilst those of us who don’t will probably think ‘the thieving bastards, dipping into my pockets again’ or something along those lines.

But Labour said the Lib Dems could not be trusted to deliver.

And Labour would know, they’re past masters on taking the piss when it comes to financing those they see as worthy.

Still no doubt this will make the Lib Dems somewhat popular with parents of infants, though like as not, no one else. They’d rather take money from us all and spunk it up the wall than actually take less money off us and make us all a little better off. Special interests rather than general interests.

It makes for good headlines, but so far no one (on the BBC is asking just how much this is going to cost, though judging by the leaked email on the tax raid, I suspect one group of people have a pretty good idea.

10 comments for “Other people’s money

  1. Twenty_Rothmans
    September 17, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    This comment has been deleted as it breached moderation guidelines about wanting to shove Nick Clegg, his family and anyone who speaks favourably about him into a brazen bull whose temperature increases by 0.5 degrees C per hour.

    • September 18, 2013 at 6:58 am

      We’re gonna need a bigger bull…

  2. Errol
    September 17, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    Yet another reason why we must change the system to prevent these fools from doing so much damge. Does it never occur to them to simply take less? Not even for a second? Or is this just another attempt to take the child away from the family entirely?

    Or perhaps they’ve considered that by cutting taxes people would have more money to properly provide for their own children, – you know, responsibility? I suppose just as Clegg will waste every penny he can he doesn’t believe in responsibility.

  3. Junican
    September 17, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    Probably, some academic has produced a computer model which shows that free school meals for infants will reduce child obesity by 10%, or some such.

  4. September 18, 2013 at 3:52 am

    The teachers will be well fed then.

  5. September 18, 2013 at 4:04 am

    Kids could be given healthier meals by sending home a checklist of healthier stuff to put in a pack-up.

    • September 18, 2013 at 7:01 am

      Part of the reason for so many schools considering keeping children in at break time so they can’t buy ‘junk food’ is not the much-trumpeted war on obesity at all. It’s because their contracts for meals work out cheaper the more children take them.

  6. Rossa
    September 18, 2013 at 8:23 am

    With reports claiming increasing numbers of ‘infants’ who aren’t toilet trained and even some coming to school/nursery without being able to say their own name, who’s going to be teaching these kids to eat their own lunch rather than having to be fed. Looks like another army of assistants will be needed, force feeding one end and dealing with the cr*p out t’other!

    More jobs to help the recovery, more degree courses to learn how to top ‘n tail these human ‘animals’. Queue elfnsaftee.

  7. September 18, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    Lib Dem conference has been wonderful for showing people what a section of the population actually voted for.

  8. Furor Teutonicus
    September 18, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    XX will save parents about £400 a year XX

    WOW!

    Don’t spend it all in one shop now!

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