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Artist or CreatorChris Riddell
Title or CaptionThe Desolation of Smirk
Extent1 item
Published byObserver
Date12 Jan 2014
FormatNewspaper
Embedded text or transcript"Don't worry, your pensions are safe - I'm going to pauperise your grandchildren..."
Deficit reduction
Person DepictedOsborne; George (1971-)
Implied textFilm: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Book: The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien
NotesNews: "George Osborne spoke last Monday before an audience that must have taken his aides weeks to find: the workers and managers of a manufacturing firm, which had ignored Britain's £ 9.4bn trade deficit and succeeded in becoming a thriving exporter of car components. His face was grave. His language grim. He had "never promised it was going to be easy". He had always said there would be "difficult sacrifices". ... Osborne and Cameron have promised to "triple lock" the state pension so that it will increase by whichever is higher - inflation, wages or 2.5%. They will not touch additional benefits for all pensioners, including the wealthiest pensioners. Osborne's "hard choice" of cutting welfare even further by 2017 needs to be put in context. Half the 200 billion pounds welfare budget goes on pensioners. Spending on pensions will be ringfenced, as will spending on the NHS, which we depend on more the older we get. All the further 12 billion pound cuts in welfare Osborne envisages will come from the 100 billion pounds spent on the working-age poor - including the poor who work and their children. ... " Nick Cohen, the Observer
Subjectsdragons
deficit
pensions
poverty
Money
Chancellor of the Exchequer
Copyright contact detailsMary.Andrews@guardian.co.uk
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