So we finally have a gubmint after ten weeks of back-stabbing and backroom deals.
I might add that things have been moving remarkably smoothly for the last seventy days, so presumably our period of sanity and peace is about to end.
One thing that really did surprise me – what the fuck happened to James Fatso Reilly? The little cunt is deputy leader of the party so I would have expected him to get some kind of role in the new gubmint, but there is ne'er a whisper of him. In fact I never even noticed his ugly mug on the benches during yesterday's meetings and votes. It is indeed a great day when we learn that we are unlikely to see that sneering scruff gracing our television screens. Good fucking riddance, and I hope he's rotting in a cellar somewhere playing with his plain packs carton.
Our new Minister for Death and Sickness is a local lad. That is to say he is from my constituency but naturally I didn't vote for him [do you think I’m mad?]. It's a good opportunity to keep an eye on him though, seeking out his weak spots. Blackmail is a wonderful tool.
In their mad scramble for power and riches, they produced a "discussion document" which apparently is the manifesto for the future. It is of course full of worthy aspirations and intentions such as solving the housing crisis overnight, preventing the Midlands from ever flooding again and raising the Old Age Pension. I look forward to my extra 5c a week.
They make very few specific mentions as to how they are going to do any of this apart from the following –
We will not rely on unpredictable and fragile sources of revenue to finance permanent public spending increases. The reductions In personal tax rates – such as the continued phasing out of the USC – needed to reward work and support enterprise and employment (see below) will be funded largely through:
Extra revenues from not indexing personal tax credits and bands
The removal of PAYE tax credit for high earners and other measures to ensure the tax system remains fair and progressive
Higher excise duties on cigarettes and Increased enforcement and sanctions on the illegal importation and sale of cigarettes
A new tax on sugar sweetened drinks
Improving tax compliance
So much for a brand new enlightened gubmint!