Fṛm Đ Gardịn: I’ve covered countless Tory mini-budgets. The cruelty of this one shocked even me

‘Surely a chancellor wouldn’t choose to do the wrong things, knowingly, when he has the power to set the country in a better direction?’ Photograph: UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/Reuters
‘Śrli a ćanslr wd’nt ćūz t d ɖ roñ ʈñz, nwñli, ẃn h hz ɖ pǎr t set ɖ cuntri in a betr d’rex́n?’ Foṭgraf: YC Parḷmnt/Jesica Teilr/Rôtrz

I’v cuvrd cǎntlis Tori minibujits. Ɖ cruwlti v ɖs wn śoct īvn m

(Transcription of an article published in the Guardian on 24 March 2022)

Hǎ nîīv I wz t ʈnc ɖt Riśi Sŭnac wd pṛtct ɖ purist fṛm ɖ heviist bloz v ɖ cost-v-livñ crîsis

Polly Toynbee

Poli Tônbi, Ʈrzde 24 Marć 2022

Ɖs wz a gret “leṿlñ dǎn”, wɖ tū-ʈrdz v Riśi Sŭnac’s gv’wez in hiz sprñstetmnt gwñ t ɖ top haf v rnrz. At līst ɖ ćanslr hd ɖ gd gres t abandn ɖ wrdz “leṿlñ-up” n “net ziro”, n h bérli īvn mnśnd “pnśnrz” az h impoṿriśt ɖ olrdi pur ẃl gvñ a litl boṇs t gas-guẓlñ SYV drîvrz.

Ẃ b śoct? God nz hǎ mni Tori bujits n minibujits I hv cuvrd in a lîftîm mostli rūld bî Tori guvnmnts, yt stl, smhǎ, I cn b tecn bî s’prîz. Ɖ śir necid vīnaḷti stl tecs mî breʈ awe. Śrli a ćanslr wd’nt ćūz t d ɖ roñ ʈñz, nwñli, ẃn h hz ɖ pǎr t set ɖ cuntri in a betr d’rex́n?

Hǎ pʈeticli nîīv t ʈnc ɖt Sŭnac wd ćūz t enśur ɖ blo dd’nt agn fōl hardist on ɖ wìcist, az w fes ɖ wrst hit t ǎr livñstanddz in ǎr lîftîmz aftr ɖ tripl bloz v fnanśl craś, pandemic n wor. I dd xpct at līst a tocn jsćr. Aftr ol ɖ yirz v Jorj Ozbōrn bujits, ɖ ifcts v ẃć I cronicld wɖ Devid Wōcr in ǎr bc, Ɖ Lost Deced, ẃt idịsi on mî part t hold on t a s’ntila v b’lif ɖt ɖ Tōriz wd’nt cīp dwñ ɖ sem ʈñ ovr n ovr agn.

“W c’nt d evrʈñ” z ɖ ćanslr’z mantra, t g alñsd blemñ Pūtin fr ol ɖ kḿḷtiv damij dn sins 2010. It sǎndz grounup n rsponsbl, n it’s hǎ Tori ćanslrz hv dsivd ɖ public evr sins Marġrit Ʈaćr cmperd ɖ naśnl icoṇmi t a hǎshold bujit, n Ozbōrn clevrli sd ɖ cuntri hz “maxt ǎt its creditcard”. V cors a ćanslr c’nt d evrʈñ! Let’s līv asd ɖ macro-ic̣nomic qsćnz v hǎ h cd, v cors, boro mor wɖ a Banc v Ñgḷnd qontittiv-īzñ program ɖt invsts in evrʈñ ɖt wd dlivr grīn groʈ. Bt wɖn hiz slf-impozd limits, ɖ ćôsz h md r obsin, az wr Ozbōrn’z. Fūdbancs r fludd wɖ faṃliz in nīd fr ɖ frst tîm; cortpṛsidñz t ivict tennts in Ñgḷnd dy t rent dfōlt r p bî 43%; n ɖ maṇjñd’rectr v Îsḷnd sz fūdbanc yzrz r trnñ dǎn rw fūd sins ɖe hv no muni t pe fr ɖ eṇji t cc it.

Ɖ ćanslr’z ǒn Ofis fr Bujit Rsponsbiḷti spelt ǎt t him wɖ brūtl oṇsti hǎ mć wrs ʈñz wl gt ɖs yir. Bt stl ɖ purist fifʈ v hǎsholdz r set t rsiv jst £120, wɖ ɖ rićist poc̣tñ £480.

Hiz dsrepytbl prîoṛti z t staś most caś in a priilex́n wor ćst – swītnrz n brîbz t win anɖr trm ɖt wd agn rword ɖ havz n noc bac ɖ hv-nots. Hvr, mbi ɖt’s nt gwñ tù wel ɖs tîm jujñ bî ɖ rspons fṛm ɖ yẓ́li sic̣fantic Tori pres. Īvn ɖ Xpres fruntpej on Ʈrzde splaśt, “Ɖ fgotn miłnz se: ẃt abt s?”, pṛtstñ at les ɖn nʈñ fr ɖ old, huz stetpnśnz wl incris bî onli 3.1% dspt infleśn pridictd t rīć 8%, ol ẃl fesñ sōrñ eṇji n fūd bílz. Ɖt’s od, bcz ɖ Tōriz rlî abṣlutli on ɖ pnśnrvot. No dǎt ɖ’l gt ɖer buñ in ilex́nyir – bt wl ɖe b tù dsgruntld bî ɖen?

Ɖ Teḷgraf blasts, “Ɖ bigist fōl in livñstanddz on record” n īvn ɖ Meil struglz t fînd poẓtivz, its fruntpej dmandñ, “Nǎ slaś taxz īvn frɖr” – angri ɖt Sŭnac disrispctd its campen t “spîc ɖ hîc” in naśnl inśuṛns. It dz fînd a nrs hu sz ɖ incmtax rdux́n, ẃć dz’nt cic in untl 2024, z “briłnt”. Ś sz, “It’s a gd sîn n śd impruv ʈñz.” Ś me b wrcñ tù hard cīpñ ɖ NHS gwñ t spend mć tîm on ɖ smōl print, or ś’d si hr pe fōlñ wel bhnd prîsz, wɖ eni rîz ś gts tecn fṛm hr locl NHS fundñ, huz valy, az wɖ ol public srṿsz, wl olso dclîn in ɖs infleṣ́nri yir.

Ɖ ppćl puzl z ẃ so mni vot fr ɖs parti ɖt cnsistntli dz ɖm dǎn n rwordz ɖ wlʈịr? I cd le ǎt ɖ yźl list v rīznz faund in poulñ n foc̣s grūps: it’s nt onli ɖ icoṇmi, stypid. Ɖ Tōriz cīp tugñ on ɖ Brexit rop, a petrịtizm̦īm, wɖ Jonsn dsgustñli cmperñ Britn’z “frīdm” fṛm ɖ YY wɖ Ycreńnz fîtñ fr ɖer cuntri – Sŭnac tugd at ɖ wor in a dsonist plô in hiz spīć yesṭde.

Hvr, ɖs śemfl, śemlis minibujit me marc anɖr stepñston alñ ɖ we t trnñ ǎt ɖz rogz, hu ɖz dez bérli pritnd t d mor fr ɖ cuntri ɖn trî t clñ t ofis, vayñ fr fyćr līdrśp īvn az ɖe snc in ɖ poulz. Lebr z śipśep, ilectbl n ahd. Ɖ Tōriz wl hv dvîdd n śiprect ɖ cuntri fr loñ inuf bî 2024, ẃn ɖ muni Sŭnac dsgresḟli wɖholdz fṛm yṇvrsl credit n public srṿsz me nt bai inuf vots.

Poli Tônbi z a Gardịn coḷmnist.

Instroduction to Ñspel

25/03/2022

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