Lord Young of Graffham (picture left) has just resigned as a government advisor. Quite right too.
What he said was not only deeply offensive but showed how unaware he is of so many people’s plight. Here is what he said:
“For the vast majority of people in the country today, they have never had it so good ever since this recession – this so-called recession – started, because anybody, most people with a mortgage who were paying a lot of money each month, suddenly started paying very little each month. That could make three, four, five, six hundred pounds a month difference, free of tax. That is why the retail sales have kept very good all the way through.”
This is not a “so-called” recession it has been a severe recession. The chart on this page shows that it has been the worst since the 1930’s. This is not something to be spun away real people are suffering as a result.
There are plenty of people having a really tough time. People who are struggling to make ends meet. Most normal people know people like this. I certainly do. Often at their wits end. Don’t even start on how they will face Christmas.
Never had it so good? Don’t make me laugh.
It is just not good enough to have rich people such as Lord Young saying we have never had it so good. For many its a living nightmare.
Goodbye, Lord Young. We shan’t miss you.