Immagine yourself in your most financially desperate state, and then immagine that you were landed with a bill for £1,000 - backed up with all the coercive power of the state.
That is exactly the situation that Gordon Brown has put 2,000,000 of the lowest paid households in Britain, with his ridiculous tax credits - which have overpaid by £2,000,000,000. Again. I can't work out whether its worse that most of these people who are presented with this bill are those who have secured a pay rise - i.e. those households who are working hardest to get out of poverty are punished viciously by the Government's incompetence.
This is the only policy (apart from his constant picking of the Nation's pocket) that he and his department has actually implemented and it is causing misery and hardship to millions of people. I've an Idea, Brown, you fuck-wit: if you want to help the working poor DON'T FUCKING TAX THEM IN THE FIRST PLACE.
So whilst the aims of the tax credits are (ostensibly) virtuous: to reward work and remove the disincentives to gaining employment caused by lost benefits - any fool could have told you that a system as bureaucratic and complex as tax credits would not work. Knowing this - and the fact that large sums in and out of the low paid's bank accounts cause more unessesary hardship** than the champagne socialists on the Zanu-Labour front benches could immagine we can safely say that Gordon Browns reputaiton for competence and good judgement is utterly undeserved.
What's more I suspect - without proof - that this may be deliberate. Here is a nightmare vision of Brown's Britian: He is trying to force large numbers of people to be beholden to the state's will, and be dependent on the exchequer for their income. The Goblin King can then divide up his minions according to whatever is "PC" that week and reward one client group over another. Calls for justice and fairness descend in to endless lobbying for state handouts to special interest groups. Gordon becomes the arbiter of everyones' standard of living. It is power to interfere he wants. Not to help the poor.
**think of the extra interest paid should they go overdrawn for a day or two or the effect the subsequent drop in credit rating has on their borrowings and especially mortgages.