They're to blame no one else!


Do you remember the Tory propaganda at the height of the Covid pandemic when they tried to evoke a war time spirit by claiming we were all in it together? That was blatantly not the case, for all sorts of reasons such as whether you had access to the internet or not, if you drove a car or had to rely  on public transport and if we lived in a high rise flat or a massive house that had an equally impressive garden.

But two years down the line I will happily admit that we are all in it together, however for another negative reason. Namely that everyone is affected by the fact that inflation has now reached 9%, the highest it has been since the early days of the Thatcher Government.

If you’re in work then your wages won’t have gone up by so much, meaning that you face a fall in material living standards. Benefits meanwhile have risen by a little over 3%, including the basic state pension.

Car drivers have seen the cost of petrol shoot up, while those of us dependent on local buses saw a sharp increase in fares only last month. Fuel prices rose by an average of 54%, affecting all households, big or small. And despite having the Tories in charge at both Westminster and Grimsby Town Hall the increase in your Council Tax bill will have added to the agony.

We’re advised by wealthy MPs on fat cat salaries to buy own brands, as if we weren’t aware that it is cheaper to shop at places like ALDI and LIDL. But even at your local pound shop you will have already discovered that more and more items retail for over £1.

Oh, and the boss of the Bank of England (taking home a cool £1/2 million plus) wants us to go easy on wage claims so as to not make inflation rise even higher.

Perhaps I’m mistaken – he’s certainly not in it together with us!

Tim Mickleburgh   

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