I have never knowingly agreed with Peter Oborne in my life, but lately I often find myself more in agreement with the Telegraph than the Guardian. The Torygraph does not recognise "Cameroonianism" (Sigh, we really need to come up with a better label than that) as any form of Conservativism and are often more vitriolic in their opposition to the coalition than any on the shadow cabinet team.
As a leftie, I know I should shake my head in disgust at the article above, tut and snipe and rant that the "Squeezed Middle" can look after itself all the while the sick and poor and jobless are being punished and scapegoated, but I just can't.
What's more, I don't think it's a cheap shot at all to wonder whether Dave and Gideon's backgrounds can ever equip them in any way to do the job they are about to do. Why, lately, Cameron actually tried to tell us he is middle class - an old Etonian ex-Bullingdon club member related to the Queen who's wife is the daughter of a baronet really ought to give such assertions a very wide berth indeed. I am all too aware, that if you have lost your job, are facing repossession and have no savings, you might not have much compassion for 44k earners who are losing their child benefit and savings interest, but two wrongs don't make a right.
The scale and speed of these cuts is unnecessary and dangerous to the economy. Making sure everyone shares the pain seems to play well in the polls, but actually, no-one should be suffering pain on this level and no-one needs to be.
We all live to our means, very few of us have a few hundred quid rattling around at the end of the month. Those on higher incomes tend to spend more on childcare, more on mortgage costs (and therefore more in heating and lighting their homes) and more on transport/commuting. Losing three or four hundred pound a month won't be easy and may well push many mums into just giving up on their jobs altogether and staying home. It simply won't be worth going out to work. Surely this is the last thing Osborne wants?
Anyone who has read even one or two posts on this blog will know I am passionate about the poor and vulnerable and how they will be affected by these cuts. But it doesn't mean that I don't live in the real world - a world where most of the "middle class" (the real middle class not the Cameron version) are just as skint as the rest of us.