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Luckygirl Wed 08-Mar-17 16:29:12

Why is it that the chancellor's speech was full of written in jibes at the opposition? I do not want to know what he thinks of them (we know he thinks they are idiots) - I want to know what he is going to do and nothing else. It is so unprofessional.

By all means put them down during the following debate if you must, but do not incorporate this in the speech.

Ana Wed 08-Mar-17 16:37:33

What about the budget, though...? confused

GillT57 Wed 08-Mar-17 16:38:26

Agreed. This was too important to be delivered accompanied by a lot of cheap, childish digs at the Opposition. I know there tends to be a bit of a tradition of this, but today Hammond went over the top with the nastiness, and the braying of the sycophantic backbenchers was sickening. Disgusting behaviour.

Ana Wed 08-Mar-17 16:41:08

So this thread is not about the actual budget, then. Right.

nigglynellie Wed 08-Mar-17 17:05:51

Well, it must be tempting!!!

varian Wed 08-Mar-17 18:28:37

Yet again a conservative chancellor thinks nothing of breaking a promise not to raise anyone's NI which was in their party's manifesto at the last election.

LadyGracie Wed 08-Mar-17 18:37:56

grin Ana

Luckygirl Wed 08-Mar-17 18:41:09

Fire away Ana - I'm all ears!

My OP was about the pathetic delivery - you are welcome to comment on the content.

Anniebach Wed 08-Mar-17 18:43:20

The increase for sub contractors NIC 1% to 10% was a blow , they don't have holiday pay or sick pay. This will drive more people to work for cash in hand so not pay tax . I am thinking of the subbies we employ

Ana Wed 08-Mar-17 18:46:35

The thread was wrongly titled.

Floradora9 Wed 08-Mar-17 19:07:05

I thought his speach was a breath of fresh air . Remember Gordon Brown and " prudence "

Floradora9 Wed 08-Mar-17 19:07:32

Sorry ment speech

Luckygirl Wed 08-Mar-17 19:22:29

Tsk, tsk - what a heinous crime! - I will remember to consult you Ana before titling any threads! grin

grannypiper Wed 08-Mar-17 20:00:10

My DH actually agrees with NIC increasing for the self employed and he has been self employed for 30+ years.

rosesarered Wed 08-Mar-17 20:05:41

I thought the budget was ok, no real surprises but more or less what you would expect, think that Hammond will make a good Chancellor if he carries on as he is now.
I think there are always a few jibes.
Thought that Corbyn was going to explode he looked so angry, although there was a bit of giggling going on behind him ( but that could have been about something different.)

Ana Wed 08-Mar-17 20:06:46

OFGS Luckygirl, if you felt that strongly about Phliip Hammond's speech why not just start a thread about that?
I notice you didn't give any opinion about the actual content of the budget.

Tsk, tsk indeed!

durhamjen Wed 08-Mar-17 20:23:51

I agree with you, lucky. I always thought that Hammond was nasty.
However, if you want proper budget, this is the JRF take on it.

durhamjen Wed 08-Mar-17 20:27:06

On International Women's Day. He could have chosen a better day.

durhamjen Wed 08-Mar-17 20:27:48

Nothing in the budget for the WASPIs.

durhamjen Wed 08-Mar-17 20:28:33

Ana, what did you think about the content of the budget?

Ana Wed 08-Mar-17 20:31:54

What did you think about it, durhamjen? I mean, without resorting to links.

durhamjen Wed 08-Mar-17 20:35:56

Didn't get any of these, did we?

durhamjen Wed 08-Mar-17 20:44:50

86% of the net gains to the treasury came from changes to tax and benefits that affected women.

Hammond said that the tampon tax would go to women's issues. Big deal.
Isn't it better not to tax something that is essential to women? VAT is supposed to be for luxuries.

durhamjen Wed 08-Mar-17 20:46:09

No answer then, Ana. Just criticising others, but no ideas of your own?
What's new?

Rigby46 Wed 08-Mar-17 20:55:14

Ana - when did you a) last start a thread and/or b)contribute anything other than nit picking to those threads that others start? The title is The Budget, the OP was about the budget so say something worth reading or butt out