I haven't said anything about child credits because they don't affect me and I'm not in the income-bracket that would be affected even if there was a child here. There are many who have had plenty to say, too many to list them all here, so I'm going to have to pick out just a few.
Devil's Knife puts it succinctly: it's a balls-up. Rather than a simple and cheap system that would just let people with children keep a bit of tax, there is now a system that favours keeping each individual parent's income (and thus their tax liability) below a threshold. Why earn more when you're going to lose more than the extra you earn? Standard Labour benefit-trap technique. I thought it was just Ozzy Osbourne who spent years off his face on drugs but it seems it's in the family.
Then there is all the admin required to determine whether each individual family qualifies. Admin isn't cheap these days. Small government? Not with this lot in charge.
Iain Dale thinks it's good but then he might need to think some more. It's not making the Tory part of the Coagulation look good at all.
Old Holborn sniffs the first scent of revolt. That 'benefit' was the only thing middle class families ever got back for all the tax they paid. It was never a real benefit, it was a bribe. Okay, Wayne and Tracy are getting their Wkd and dope at your expense but at least you're getting child benefit. If all the benefits go, that goes too, right? Well it's going - but Wayne and Tracy will still get theirs. Osbourne, you need to look at more than numbers if you're going to avoid that lamppost appointment.
As I said, it doesn't affect me monetarily. What it says to me is that this is a plan hatched by an idiot with no idea what they are doing. A Chancer almost as mad as the last one and perhaps getting close to the lunacy of the one before that. People are not numbers on a spreadsheet. It is not possible for a government to monitor and then dictate the minutiae of life, because the averages they apply will not fit anyone. Such governments always fail and it's always messy. Don't they teach history in schools any more? Sorry, daft question.
Individual circumstances fit no textbooks. You cannot set an individual limit for a tax break because people don't all live as individuals. Yet if you want to check 'household income' they can just live apart or say they do and there is no way to police them all. How often will you check? At the census? Bed-and-breakfasts will be full of 'separated' husbands for the day. It cannot be done and it is insane to try.
All those pressure groups on waistline, drinking, smoking, salt, cholesterol, all of them want the human race to be a cloned colony where everyone is the same. None of them can ever work. Computer models are as much use at modelling human physiology as they are are predicting climate. None at all. And yet we are legislated into some Aryan ideal that nobody can ever achieve, because our leading lunatics fall for every word.
So what does the debacle over child credits mean to me? It simply serves to demonstrate that once again, we have a government that has no idea what it is doing.
And that once again, we have a leader who is happy to prostrate himself and grovel for forgiveness for his lies. A weak and worthless man who acts without thought and then pleads ignorance, as if ignorace was some kind of strength. That is the calibre of politics nowadays and it is a shameful and disgusting sight. These people think themselves important but I, as a smoker, regard them as less than dirt. How far down the scale is that? Ask a paedo. He's higher up the social scale than me so maybe the government won't simply delete everything he has to say.
I'm a smoker, Cameroid. There can be no forgiveness here, not for what you have done and are doing to me. No apology will ever suffice. No pretend tears will move me. No simpering words nor sorry tales of 'it wisnae me' will crack my sneer now. You have not been in office for half a year and yet you have lied and lied and sought to cover up those lies with false contrition and deflection.
The Cleggeron Coagulation is a failure. A revolting mash of lies and deceptions that mirrors exactly the vile creatures they replaced. They cannot get a simple tax equation right and rather than hold up their hands and say 'Sorry, buggered that up, try again', they instead seek to add to the complexity with another system on top. Just like the Blur and the Gorgon. This small government gets bigger by the hour.
The entire country holds me in contempt simply because I like a smoke. I am not stealing money from you, I am not funding groups that indoctrinate your children in hatred and in parental control. I'm just the guy who likes a smoke and you feel perfectly justified in wishing death on me for that. Who is there below me that I can be contemptuous of?
Only the government.
Cameron, Clegg, take note. They hate you even more than they hate me.
And you're paying them to hate me.