Monday, 21 April 2008

Dear Gordon

May I be the first to congratulate you on achieving something that was once thought impossible: making your political party, the Labour Party, unelectable. The Conservative Party must be so grateful - it has taken you less than a year as Prime Minister to achieve something which they have been working towards since 1997.

How could you betray your core voters? The 3.5 million low paid workers who will be worse off following the abolition of the 10p lower-rate tax band at the start of April. Did you think nobody would notice when you buried it in the detail of your last Budget as Chancellor? Were you surprised, last week, when your back benchers reported the feedback from canvassing for the local elections? Or were you so busy wooing George W. and the candidates for the American presidential elections that you didn't notice? Did they even know who you were?

Oh, come on! Don't look at us with your bloodhound eyes and expect the electorate not to feel aggrieved. It may only be a few Pounds month, but to someone earning less than a tenth of your salary, those people you've just hit hardest, that is a lot of money. Your press release today may talk about "looking at further help for the lower paid", but treasury sources have already admitted to the BBC that there aren't any funds available and won't be until 2009/2010.

What are you going to do about it?

- Pam

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