Friday, October 22, 2010

The Poor Will Suffer

Today, Toastmasters International is exactly 86 years old. Congratulations to Toastmasters everywhere!
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The Teoh Beng Hock Inquest resumed this morning with a document examiner from the Chemistry Department testifying that he cannot be certain that the alleged suicide note was written by the deceased. So how come MACC prosecution head Abdul Razak Musa is still obsessed with this note? And why is he persisting with this assumption that it was a suicide note? Since when is a “goodbye” an indicator of suicide? This inquest has gone long enough, don’t you think?

Yesterday, UK's respected economics think-tank, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) warned that Chancellor George Osborne's £81 billion cuts package was "regressive" and insisted the cuts would hit the poorest harder than most of the better off. So, what’s new? The poor will always have to suffer from the callous brunt of crass government policies.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg showed his insensitivity when he accused the Government's critics (including the IFS) of "frightening people" with claims that they were "doing unfair things when we are not". How can it not be unfair when the poor in Britain will be the hardest hit?

Who will speak on the poor’s behalf? Who can lend a helping hand? Who really cares?

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