Rather than 'Britain Open for Business' as the chancellor claimed today in his budget, it seems to me that it's 'Britain Up For Sale' at the moment. With large multinationals, who often pay little tax here, being persuaded here by the fact they will pay even less and then offered our public services, such as the NHS, on a plate.
There is no such thing as one 'business community'. We only seem to hear from big business and multi-millionaires, they are being promoted at the expense of small businesses. Just look at the proliferation of chains all over our High Streets, as we find the companies that own premises asking for rents and terms that small businesses can't meet.
And big business don't use local accountants, solicitors and other services.
This obsession with making things good for big business is purely ideological, however the coalition try to wrap it up. It won't benefit the majority and it certainly won't benefit those suffering from unjust cuts.
This of course is just one aspect of the budget, but after a trying day at work I will leave it up to Caroline Lucas for some more analysis. As usual she is spot on:
'TRUE BLUE BUDGET IS NAIL IN COFFIN FOR GREEN GOVERNMENT PLEDGE'
- 'Environment versus economy' rhetoric and tax breaks for oil and gas show Osborne still doesn't get it
- Coalition to bulldoze ahead with 'growth at any cost' planning reforms
- Toxic 50p tax cut for the rich exposes Lib Dem failure to dilute Tory dogma
- Budget offers little for part time workers and people on lowest incomes
The 2012 Budget will do nothing to deliver a greener or more prosperous economy - and shows the Coalition completely failing the fairness test, said the UK's Green MP today.
See more at: http://www.carolinelucas.com/cl/media/true-blue-budget-is-nail-in-coffin-for-green-government-pledge.html