Tag Archives: inequality

Fṛm Đ Gardịn: Fair play to Truss: stripped of competence or compassion, her extremism is refreshingly clear

‘Liz Truss can’t escape the temper of the times, which has turned against her and her party.’ Truss delivers her conference speech in Birmingham on Wednesday. Photograph: Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP
‘Liz Trus c’nt iscep ɖ tmpr v ɖ tîmz, ẃć hz trnd agnst hr n hr parti.’ Trus dlivrz hr confṛns spīć in Brmñm on Wnzde. Foṭgraf: Crsti Wiglzwrʈ/AP

Fer ple t Trus: stript v compitns or cmpaśn, hr xtrimizm z rfreśñli clir

(Transcription of an article published in the Guardian on 7 October 2022)

Ɖs z hǎ bad guvnmnts dî – wɖ ɖ masc fōḷn awe, ɖer wrst fes rvild

Jonathan Freedland

Joṇʈn Frīdḷnd, Frîde 7 Octobr 2022

Z  it tù sn t ofr a smōl wrd in dfns v Liz Trus? I aprīśiet ɖt ɖs z a lonli indevr. In ẃt śd b hr hunimūn pirịd, ɖ ny prîm̦inistr hz instd prizntd ɖ ilectṛt wɖ multipl grǎndz fr dvors. Poulñ sjsts ś’z abt az popylr az a Covid swet. Stl, Trus dzrvz prêz fr wn ʈñ at līst. Ẃt ś brñz t ǎr naśnl lîf z an admṛbl claṛti – ɖo phps nt in ɖ we ś intndz.

Ɖ Cnsrṿtivz hv bn in pǎr fr mor ɖn 12 yirz, n fr mć v ɖt tîm ɖe hv bn hard t pin dǎn. Devid Camṛn wz ilectd az a cmpaśṇt Cnsrṿtiv, ol husciz n hŭdiz n “ɖ big ssayti”. In riaḷti, h impozd a pirịd v osteṛti ɖt hit ɖ purist hardist, starvd cḿṇtiz v ćeriśt srṿsz n left cǎntlis nebrhdz nglectd n deṛlict. Fṛm wn sîd v hiz mǎʈ, Camṛn’z ćanslr, Jorj Ozbōrn, sd, “W’re ol in ɖs tgɖr”; fṛm ɖ uɖr, h pitd “strîvrz” agnst “scîvrz”.

T’rīza Me cem nxt, proṃsñ t tacl “brnñ injusṭsz” n redietñ snṣbl midl Ñgḷnd dīsnsi. In riaḷti, ś hd t cīp p wɖ a parti hot wɖ Brexit fīvr, cnsymd bî a project ɖt got pṛgresivli mor xtrim. Ɖ contṛdix́nz incrist n ɖ opaṣti ʈicnd wɖ Boris Jonsn, a libtīn cntmtẏs v ɖ standdz v prsnl conduct hiz parti wns hld dir; a Tori wɖ a põśõ fr big spendñ, ɖ bulc v it tarġtd, h promist, at ɖ parts v ɖ cuntri ɖt nīdd it most. A “Brex̣ti Heza” h wns cōld himslf, nodñ t Mîcl Hesltîn’z s’port fr an acṭvist stet, īvn az h trampld on ɖ formr depyti PM’z dvośn t ɖ Yṛpiyn îdiyl.

Ol v ɖs mnt ɖt fr mor ɖn a deced Cnsrṿtizm wz a śiftñ targit, its reṭric n its ax́n ofn d’recli at odz. Bt nǎ ɖr’z Trus, huz gret gift t Britn z a bresñ lac v amḅgywti. Wɖ no dstractñ vnir v compitns, dīsnsi or cmpaśn – îɖr riyl or boġs – ś ofrz instd a necidli îdịlojicl form v cnsrṿtizm.

Its instñts r unhidn. It fevrz ɖ rić ovr ɖ pur. Witnis bʈ Qāzi Qarteñ’z nǎ-abandnd jūsi taxcut t ɖ 1% n Trus’z cntinywñ rfyzl t plej ɖt beṇfits wl cīp pes wɖ a gaḷpñ ret v infleśn: f ɖe d’nt, ɖ nīdiist wl hv t gt bî on īvn les.

It yrnz fr a smōl stet, wn ɖt z līn in sîz n mīn in practis. Trus’z guvnmntl miniṃlizm z so unbndñ, ś vītoud a £15m public-inḟmeśn campen ɖt wd hv hlpt Brítnz rdys ɖer eṇjicnsumśn, ɖr-bî lowrñ ɖer bilz n hlpñ ɖ planit. Trus ʈt ɖt smact tù mć v ɖ hand v nani, īvn ɖo Jecb Rīs-Mog – a man hu nz mor ɖn z hlʈi abt naniz – hd apruvd ɖ plan. N so ɖ Naśnl Grid z bresñ s fr a wintr v disc̣nct, wɖ śort dez n loñ pǎrcuts – a ʈrǒbac t ɖ 1970z az vivid az wn v ɖoz Ćanl 5 clipcomṗleśn śoz ɖt w cd woć f onli w wr’nt sitñ in ɖ darc.

Ɖs z a necid cnsrṿtizm ɖt b’livz in itslf wɖ sć frvr it ʈncs facts śd mc we fr its fanṭsiz. Borowñ fr taxcuts in a pirịd v srjñ infleśn wz olwz gwñ t spūc ɖ marcits, bt Trus’z feʈ tld hr uɖ̇wz. Ś wz dtrmind t jump of ɖ clif, insistnt ɖt ol ɖ tōc v graṿti wz so mć stufi sạntific “orʈ̇doxi”.

Ɖ rfyzl t bǎ t impiricl evidns, t riaḷti, z Trus cnsrṿtizm’z dfînñ fīćr. Its oṛjinz r nt mstirịs. W mt cōl it Brex̣tizm: ɖ crīd ɖt holdz ɖt ɖ riyl wrld, īvn ɖ facts v jiogṛfi, cn b bnt t yr wl, jst bî clozñ yr îz n wśñ it wr so. Az ɖ FT coḷmnist Martin Wlf pts it: “Trus dz nt hv a groʈplan. Ś hz a ‘groʈplan’ – a majicl pośn intu ẃć ś sprinclz ɖ rvrsl v rīsnt tax incrisz, frīdm fr bancrz’ boṇsz n lowr taxz fr ɖ prospṛs, sz ‘abṛc̣dabra’ n sudnli trend prodctivtigroʈ qodṛplz.”

D’nt b msléd bî ɖ sirịl U-trnz, olrdi a sigṇćr v ɖ Trus ira. It’s tru ɖt ś promist ɖr wd b no eṇjiraṣ́nñ, n nǎ w’r set t fes ɖ crūdist form v raṣ́nñ, nemli blacǎts. Tru, tù, ɖt ś sd ɖr wd b no “handǎts”, īvn ɖo hr frst wīc in ofis sw hr bǎ t riaḷti n hand ǎt hlp on eṇjibilz, olbiit hlp peid fr bî ǎr ǒn fyćr taxz rɖr ɖn bî a levi on ɖ garganćụn xes profits v ɖ eṇji jaynts. N yes, ś abandnd ɖ aḅliśn v ɖ 45p taxret, bérli 24 aurz aftr ś’d sd ś wd stic wɖ it. Bt ɖoz rvrsz d nt sjst dctrînl cmplex̣ti, stl les straṭji. Ɖ onli stori ɖe tel z wn v wìcnis n heṃrijñ s’port.

Fr necid cnsrṿtizm z unpaḷtbl īvn t Cnsrṿtivz. Ɖs wīc, wn Nedīn Doriz akzd Trus v “lrćñ t ɖ rît”, adñ ɖt a de facto cut in beṇfits wz “cruwl”. V cors, ɖ hipocṛsi z ranc: Doriz’ aidl, Jonsn, cut yṇvrsl credit n wd hv dnaid fri scūlmīlz t hungri ćildṛn hd it nt bn fr Marc̣s Raśfd. Bt ẃn y’v got bʈ Rīs-Mog n Doriz – ɖ Sid n Nansi v ɖ Tori hard rît – t yr left, y nǒ y’v streid far fṛm īvn ɖ wîldist śorz.

Ɖs stripñ awe v ɖ caṃflāź, ɖs xpoźr v ɖ Tōriz’ hardist cor, ofrz wn uɖr conṣleśn bsdz claṛti. It cariz wɖ it ɖ sns v an endñ. Fr ɖs z hǎ bad guvnmnts ofn dî, ɖ masc fōḷn awe, ɖer wrst fes rvild. Trus wl trî t rali ɖ trūps, stŕñ ɖm wɖ ɖ fmiłr het – īvn f “rmenr ilīts” n “sitiznz v nẃr” r nǎ rībrandd az ɖ rɖr les punći “anti-groʈ cọliśn”. Bt ś c’nt iscep ɖ tmpr v ɖ tîmz, ẃć hz trnd agnst hr n hr parti.

Fr mor ɖn a deced, ɖ cuntri hz bn rūld bî ɖoz hu hv cōzd grev damij n gret hrt. Ofn ɖt wz cnsild bî smuɖ tōc, a ćarmñ manr or wîld proṃsz. Liz Trus z nt blest wɖ sm v hr prīdisesrz’ gifts fr dspśn. Instd hr xtrimizm z xpozd fr ol t si. It mīnz w cn si hr – n ol ɖ rotņis ɖt lîz bnʈ.

Instroduction to Ñspel

In Ñspel: The Guardian view on Truss, Kwarteng and inequality: out of touch, out of time

‘The trouble for the leadership is that where Mr Gove has led, others are following for fear of being left behind by public opinion.’ Photograph: Christopher Thomond/The Guardian
‘Ɖ trubl fr ɖ līdrśp z ɖt ẃr Mr Gov hz léd, uɖrz r folowñ fr fir v biyñ left bhnd bî public opińn.’ Foṭgraf: Crisṭfr Tomnd/Ɖ Gardịn

Ɖ Gardịn vy on Trus, Qarteñ n iniqoḷti: ǎt v tuć, ǎt v tîm

(Transcription of an editorial published in the Guardian on 4 October 2022)

Mîcl Gov z dwñ ɖ cuntri a srvis bî rzistñ a guvnmnt wɖ no mandet

Tyzde 4 Octobr 2022

Liz Trus’z atmt t rīset ɖ Cnsrṿtiv parti bî jetiṣnñ ɖ ajnda v ɖ prīvịs reźīm z felñ bcz v hr p’liticl incompitns n ɖ absns v a popylr mandet. Ɖ latr hz bn scilḟli xplôtd bî ɖ formr Tori cabiṇtministr Mîcl Gov t trî t salvij sm v ɖ 2019 maṇfesto, ẃć aspîrd t levl p purr eriaz. Mr Gov wl wer a feɖr in hiz cap aftr Suela Breṿmn, ɖ homsecṛtri, sngld him ǎt az a rñlīdr v a “cù” ɖt forst Mz Trus t drop planz t cut ɖ 45% taxret fr ɖ rić.

No prîm̦inistr hz ɖ priṿlij t se ẃt a jenṛl ilex́n mnt f ɖe hv nt wún wn. Ɖ Tōriz aćivd ɖer mjoṛti wɖ proṃsz v gtñ Brexit dn, rībildñ ɖ NHS n tac̣lñ rījnl iniqoḷti. Ɖoz proṃsz s’xidd in crietñ a ny cọliśn v tṛdiśnl Cnsrṿtiv s’portrz n formr Lebr votrz. Hvr, ɖ mes ovr ɖ Norɖn Îrḷnd proṭcol z evidns ɖt Brexit z far fṛm ovr; ɖ NHS z in crîsis; n ɖ obić̣riz r biyñ priperd fr ɖ leṿlñ-up ajnda. Ɖz fełrz wr fremd bî Mz Trus t sjst ɖt a clīn brec wz nīdd. Mr Gov hz riaṇmetd opziśn t ɖs project bî cōlñ fr “adiśnl rzorsz” t levl p ɖ cuntri, dspt ɖ guvnmnt’s bujitri sqīz.

Ɖ trubl fr ɖ līdrśp z ɖt, ẃr Mr Gov hz léd, uɖrz r folowñ fr fir v biyñ left bhnd bî public opińn. On Tyzde, Mz Trus rfyzd t cmit t a plej md bî hr prīdisesr, Boris Jonsn, ɖt beṇfits wd rîz in lîn wɖ infleśn rɖr ɖn rnñz. Mr Gov z rît t se ɖt ɖ promis śd b cept. Mz Trus’z tin-ird arğmnt z ɖt, in a cost-v-livñ crîsis, pnśnrz śd gt an infleśn-maćñ būst bcz ɖe c’nt incris ɖer incmz, ẃl ɖoz on beṇfits cd “wrc” t dīl wɖ rîzñ prîsz. Bt ɖ public wonts ɖ guvnmnt t spend larj amǎnts v muni t hlp ɖ pur. Gwñ agnst ɖ cuntri’z mūd riscs opn rbełn in cabiṇt. No guvnmnt cd svîv sć an inṣrex́n.

Mz Trus’z fełr t grasp ẃt z haṗnñ wɖ ɖ cuntri in trmz v iniqoḷti lîz at ɖ hart v hr p’liticl inepttyd. Ɖt z ẃt lincs bʈ riyl-trmz beṇfitcuts n leṿlñ-up. Britn z mor jịgraficli unīql ɖn eni uɖr big rić cuntri. Ǎtsd Lundn n ɖ sǎʈ-īst (n Ednbra’z invîṛnz) lîz a cuntri ẃr wejz, litṛsi n lîf xpctnsi r lowr, n unimplômnt n rets v ilnis hayr. Ɖ prīvịs guvnmnt’s blūprint fr leṿlñ p Britn, rlist rlịr ɖs yir, fél far śort in trmz v caś n dvolvñ pǎr. Bt hvr inadiqt ɖ pṛpozd s’luśnz, it wz atmtñ t ʈnc ʈru iśuz v ples, cḿṇti n iniqoḷti. T ɖt xtnt, it wz in tyn wɖ ɖ tîmz in a we ɖt its s’xesr maṇfestli z nt.

Mr Gov, wn v poḷtics’ naćṛl dsruptrz, z a denjṛs eṇmi fr Mz Trus t hv. Ɖ Gardịn hz dis’grìd wɖ hiz poḷtics on mni prīvịs oceźnz – abv ol in rleśn t hiz caṭlîzñ rǒl in Brexit. Bt h z dwñ ɖ rît ʈñ fr Britn bî rmîndñ Mz Trus ɖt ẃn votrz r scerd abt rîzñ eṇjibilz n morgijcosts, ś me hv t g t ɖ cuntri f ś wonts t drasticli ćenj d’rex́n. In 2019, Britn dd nt vot fr ẃt ś z oḟrñ.

Instroduction to Ñspel

Fṛm Đ Obzrvr: Liz Truss’s disastrous ‘fiscal event’

Liz Truss and her chancellor, Kwasi Kwarteng, have delivered a financial package straight out of the Singapore-on-Thames fantasy of right-wing Tory Brexiters. Photograph: WPA/Getty Images
Liz Trus n hr ćanslr, Qāzi Qarteñ, hv dlivrd a fînanśl pacij stret ǎt v ɖ Snġpor-on-Tmz fanṭsi v rît-wñ Tori Brexitrz. Foṭgraf: WPA/Geti Iṃjz

Ɖ Obzrvr vy on Liz Trus’z dzastṛs ‘fiscl ivnt’

(Transcription of an editorial published in the Observer on 25 September 2022)

Ɖs wz a brezn gambl ɖt cn onli damij Britn’z fyćr

Súnde 25 Sptmbr 2022

Ɖ  frst mejr fiscl inṭvnśn bî a ny prîm̦inistr hz śrli nvr bn grītd wɖ sć wîdspred dsden. Les ɖn ʈri wīcs intu Liz Trus’z premịrśp, hr ny ćanslr, Qāzi Qarteñ, anǎnst ɖ bigist program v taxcuts in haf a snć̣ri, wn ɖt wl beṇfit ɖ vri wlʈiist ẃl adñ tnz v biłnz t ɖ naśnl dét. Ɖ marcitriax́n wz instnteńs: ɖ pǎnd dropt t its lǒist levl agnst ɖ dolr sins 1985. Ɖ “groʈplan” wz rubiśt bî ʈnctancs sć az ɖ Insttyt fr Fiscl Studiz. Bac-bnć Cnsrṿtivz lambastd ɖ plan az “ic̣nomicli dybịs”. N Lari Sumrz, ɖ formr YS Treẓ́risecṛtri, akzd ɖ YC v bhevñ lîc an “imrjñ marcit trnñ intu a submrjñ marcit”.

Ɖoz r jst vrdicts on ɖ substns v Frîde’z rmarcbl anǎnsmnts. Ɖ YC icoṇmi z suḟrñ az a rzult v ɖ globl eṇjiprîs śoc n a deced v pur prodctivtigroʈ, md wrs bî irectñ hyj barịrz t tred wɖ ɖ YY. Ɖz srcmstansz r mcñ evrwn purr, wɖ ptiklrli deḷtirịs consiqnsz fr lo-incm hǎsholdz wɖ ćildṛn, ppl wɖ dis’biḷtiz n pur pnśnrz. Ẃt z despṛtli nīdd z rjnt s’port tarġtd at ɖ hardist-hit hǎsholdz, plus ɖ invstmnt in scilz, infṛstrucćr n biznisfînans t rībaḷns ɖ icoṇmi awe fṛm groʈ best on cnsymrspendñ, fyld bî rîzñ hǎsprîsz, n twdz biznis invstmnt n xports.

Instd, Qarteñ hz anǎnst a set v taxcuts ɖt ćanl hyj genz t ɖ vri rićist n a scatrgun plan fr dīreğletñ ɖ icoṇmi. Dspt ɖ fact ɖt ɖs z a hyjli sgnificnt fiscl inṭvnśn, h hz privntd ɖ indipndnt Ofis fr Bujit Rsponsbiḷti fṛm pṛdysñ its ǒn fōrcasts, implōẓbli clemñ hiz meźrz wl pt ɖ YC on a paʈ t trend groʈ v 2.5%. Bt – qac īc̣nomics asd – ɖr z no plōẓbl ʈiyri v ćenj ɖt lincs Qarteñ’z taxcuts t sć boynt groʈ. Ɖe wl mc s purr az ɖ détbrdn b’lūnz.

Ɖ taxcuts wl hv teṛbl consiqnsz fr levlz v iniqoḷti n poṿti in Britn. Īvn bfr ɖ eṇjiprîs crîsis, lo-incm hǎsholdz fest a grim rec̣nñ: a deced v cuts t taxcredits bî Cnsrṿtiv ćanslrz, ẃć peid fr taxcuts dispṛporśṇtli beṇfitñ ɖ mor aflụnt, hz ript opn ɖ fînanśl seftinet so importnt fr lo-peid peṛnts t cīp ćildṛn ǎt v poṿti. Hǎsholdz in rsit v yṇvrsl credit wl b olmst £1,500 a yir wrs of fṛm Octobr az a rzult v infleśn n rîzñ eṇjiprîsz. Ɖ Reẓluśnfǎndeśn hz fōrcast ɖt, tecñ intu acǎnt yesṭde’z anǎnsmnts, anɖr 700,000 ćildṛn wl b livñ in poṿti in tū yirz’ tîm, wɖ consiqnsz fr ɖer edyceśn, hlʈ n implômnt fr ɖ rest v ɖer lîvz.

Mnẃl, it z ɖ rićist hu stand t gen most fṛm last wīc’s anǎnsmnts, includñ ɖ scrapñ v ɖ 45% taxret n ɖ cap on bancrz’ boṇsz. Ppl wɖ incmz v les ɖn £155,000 wl pe mor incmtax fṛm nxt Epril; ɖoz on mor ɖn ɖs wl gen, ofn sbstanṣ́li: smwn wɖ an ańl incm v mor ɖn £1m wl b mor ɖn £40,000 a yir betr of. Hǎsholdz in ɖ top 5% v wlʈdistṛbyśn wl gen, on aṿrij, mor ɖn £8,000 a yir az a rzult v Qarteñ’z ćenjz; ɖoz in ɖ purist 10% gt nʈñ. Ɖt wd iqet t pṛvîdñ s’port v £2,000 fr evri hǎshold amñ ɖ purist 20%, ẃć wd d far mor t būst groʈ gvn ɖt ɖ wlʈi r mor lîcli t sev ɖ rwordz ɖe gen. Az a rzult v Qarteñ’z fiscl lūṣnñ, ɖ Banc v Ñgḷnd z olmst srtn t hîc inṭrestrets īvn frɖr in ɖ cmñ wīcs, inflictñ frɖr pen on ɖoz wɖ morġjz or in dét. N, ẃn ɖ promist groʈ felz t mtirịlîz, ɖs z lîcli t pś ministrz twdz cutñ public-srvis bujits frɖr, īvn az NHS n scūl fînansz r olrdi undr svir stren.

Ɖr z no deṃcratic mandet fr ɖs pacij: Trus hz nvr wún a jenṛl ilex́n n ɖ meźrz marc a hyj śift fṛm ɖ 2019 maṇfesto. Bt ɖ Qarteñ pacij z ɖ oft hopt-fr desṭneśn v ɖ hard-rît Tori flanc. Fr ɖm, Brexit wz olwz a mīnz t an end: t slaś taxz n reğleśnz t a dgri ɖt ivedd īvn Marġrit Ʈaćr. Bt ɖr z nʈñ Cnsrṿtiv abt gvñ uņesṣri handǎts t ɖ rić n brḍnñ ɖoz in ɖer 20z n 30z wɖ ɖ cost v fînansñ ɖ xtrordnri rîz in ɖ naśnl dét fr ɖ rest v ɖer wrcñlivz. No cuntri hz s’xesḟli aćivd groʈ ʈru ɖz mīnz. Ɖ “Snġpor-on-Tmz” fanṭsi v Cnsrṿtiv Brexitrz z jst ɖt: Snġpor z a tîni, oʈoṛterịn sitistet ɖt spendz a gret dīl on its hîli activ industrịl poḷsi. Wn acdemic studi v 18 OICD icoṇmiz faund ɖt taxcuts d nʈñ fr groʈ n instd incris incm iniqoḷti.

Trus n Qarteñ’z îdịlojicl aproć criets a sgnificnt ćans fr Lebr t śo it hz an oltrṇtiv ic̣nomic viźn fr Britn at its particonfṛns ɖs wīc. Cir Starmr hz sd ɖt Lebr wd invst in mcñ Britn slf-sfiśnt in ilectriṣti bî 2030, bî būstñ rnywbl sorsz v eṇji, n ɖt z xacli ɖ bold ʈncñ ɖ cuntri nīdz. Bt ɖ teṛbl truʈ z ɖt huevr winz ɖ nxt ilex́n wl inherit wn v ɖ wrst-evr ic̣nomic ǎtlŭcs az a product v Trus’z brezn, îdịlojicl xperimnt. It wl cost ɖ cuntri dir.

Instroduction to Ñspel

Fṛm Đ Gardịn: Liz Truss and Kwasi Kwarteng have made a declaration of class war

‘Taking from those who have least, lavishing gifts on those who have most.’ Liz Truss and Kwasi Kwarteng on a visit to Berkeley Modular in Kent. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/AP
‘Tecñ fṛm ɖoz hu hv līst, laviśñ gifts on ɖoz hu hv most.’ Liz Trus n Qāzi Qarteñ on a vizit t Brcli Modylr in Cnt. Foṭgraf: Diḷn Martinez/AP

Liz Trus n Qāzi Qarteñ hv md a decḷreśn v claswor

(Transcription of an article published in the Guardian on 23 September 2022)

Ɖs un’fiśl bujit z moṛli indifnsbl, ic̣nomicli reclis n so risci it sjsts a p’liticl deʈwiś

Jonathan Freedland

Joṇʈn Frīdḷnd, Frîde 23 Sptmbr 2022

Ś  mcs Marġrit Ʈaćr lc lîc a modṛt n Ronld Regn sīm poztivli wet. Liz Trus hz imbarct on an îdịlojicl project so xtrim ɖt ɖ de facto bujit anǎnst bî hr ćanslr tde amǎnts t a decḷreśn v claswor. It wz a rvrs Robin Hŭd: tecñ fṛm ɖoz hu hv līst, laviśñ gifts on ɖoz hu hv most. It z moṛli indifnsbl, ic̣nomicli reclis n so p’liticli risci az t sjst a deʈwiś.

Trusonomics rests on a simpl articl v feʈ: ɖt bî rwordñ ɖ olrdi wlʈi, lîf wl impruv fr evrwn els. Tricl-dǎn īc̣nomics, ɖe cōld it bac in ɖ 1980z, n it dd’nt wrc ɖen. Nǎ it’s bac in a form mor starc, mor xtraṿgnt, ɖn īvn its most ardnt aposlz evr derd contmplet.

Ɖ jeṇroṣti twdz ɖ ampli blest wz breʈtecñ. Qāzi Qarteñ’z ttemic muv wz ɖ rmuvl v ɖ cap on bancrz’ boṇsz – az f ɖ numbr wn probḷm cnfruntñ Britn tde wz ɖt bancrz r’nt rić inuf. It’l b Cristl magṇmz ol rnd in ɖ Siti, obvịsli, bt Lebr HQ śd olso rêz a glas: ɖ’v jst bn handd an ataclîn ɖt canot fel. Ɖ Cnsrṿtiv prīdisesrz v Trus n Qarteñ hd no prínsipld objx́n t letñ bancrz rsiv teḷfoņumbr boṇsz, bt hld of bcz ɖe ń ɖ optics wr so scrīmñli ōfl. Ɖ ny dyo hz no sć rstrent.

N so ɖe hv dlivrd ɖ bigist taxcuts in haf a snć̣ri, ǎtstripñ ɖ landmarc Nîjl Lwsn bujit v 1988 – n ɖer larjes z emd sqerli at ɖ top. Qarteñ dsîdd it wz ɖoz in ɖ hîist taxbracit hu nīdd hlp, so h aboliśt ɖ top ret oltgɖr. Ɖt wl hand an aṿrij £10,000 t ɖ hîist-rnñ 600,000 ppl in ɖ cuntri: litṛli ɖ wn psnt.

Ɖ ćanslr cansld a pland incris in corṗreśntax: mor gd nyz fr ɖ bōrdrūm. Īvn ɖ scrapt rîz in naśnl inśuṛns wl beṇfit ɖ hîist rnrz most. (Az fr sośl cer, ẃć despṛtli nīdz ɖ muni ɖt NI rîz wz gwñ t pe fr, hu nz ẃr ɖt caś wl cm fṛm – f it cmz at ol.) Litl wundr ɖt wn v ɖ rliist ćirz fr Qarteñ’z un’fiśl bujit cem fṛm ɖ Wlʈclub, ẃć ofrz invstmntsrṿsz t ɖoz v “hî net wrʈ”. Ɖe luvd it.

W śd’nt fget ẃt rmenz ɖ larjist fiscl muv v ɖ Trus admiṇstreśn, īvn f it wz anǎnst nirli tū wīcs ago: ɖ £150bn t b spent on frizñ eṇjibilz. T b śr, ɖt wl beṇfit evrwn, bt ges hu’z gwñ t pe fr it. It cd hv bn a windfōl tax on ɖ garganćụn, unrnd, xesiv profits v ɖ fosilfyl jaynts, ẃć hv sìn biłnz fōl intu ɖer laps ʈancs t ɖ srjñ prîs v ôl n gas cōzd bî Vladīmir Pūtin’z sqolid wor on Ycren. Ɖt wz ɖ pot v muni ɖt cd, n śd, hv hlpt hold dǎn eṇjibilz.

Bt Trus n Qarteñ prifŕd t pṛtct ɖ eṇjicumṗniz n t boro instd. Ɖt wl rac p a dét ɖt wl hv t b rpeid bî ɖ taxpeyrz v tde n tmoro. Ɖoz in ɖ ny admiṇstreśn hd a ćôs. Ɖe cd hv taxt BP n Śel, bt ɖe ćouz t ples ɖ brdn on ordnri faṃliz. So no mor tōc fṛm ɖm, or eni Cnsrṿtiv, v biyñ “on ɖ sîd v taxpeyrz”. Ɖs guvnmnt hz śaftd taxpeyrz n ɖer ćildṛn.

Stl, claswor z nvr jst abt lcñ aftr yr ǒn. It’s olso abt hrtñ ɖ eṇmi. So ɖ ćanslr md śr t anǎns ɖt ɖ unimploid wl si ɖer beṇfits slaśt f ɖe c’nt pruv ɖ’r srćñ fr mor wrc. N īvn ɖo ɖ tredyńnz hv a frax́n v ɖer formr streñʈ, Qarteñ promist lejsleśn t śrinc wrcrz’ abiḷti t act tgɖr yt frɖr. No matr hǎ litl caś or pǎr ɖ nīdiist hv hld on t, ɖ śerif v Notñm z aftr it.

Qāzi Qarteñ dlivrz swīpñ cuts in lêtist minibujit – vidio hîlîts

Ɖ moṛl ces agnst Trusonomics z cmpelñ, bt sm v ɖ most trenćnt opziśn t tde’z anǎnsmnts cem nt on grǎndz v cmpaśn or fernis, bt hard-hedd īc̣nomics. Aṇlists wr struġlñ nt t b rūd, az ɖe xamind a pacij v meźrz huz premis hz bn ʈuṛli dscredtd bî historicl xpirịns. Ɖ nośn ɖt cutñ taxz fr ɖ wlʈiist fylz groʈ t sć an xtnt ɖt “taxcuts pe fr ɖmslvz” z a ʈiyri fr ẃć ɖr z scant evidns. It’s lîcli ɖt ɖ Ofis fr Bujit Rsponsbiḷti wd hv md ɖs pônt, hd it nt bn sîḷnst bî Trus, apaṛntli añśs t avôd indipndnt scrūṭni v hr planz.

Īvn stǎt dfndrz v Ʈać̣rizm n Reġnomics bōlc at ɖ cmparisn wɖ ɖer hiroz. Trus me hv fgotn ɖt Ʈaćr’z rli cuts t incmtax wr baḷnst bî a nir duḅlñ v VAT: ɖ frst fīmel PM wz a fiscl cnsrṿtiv hu wontd ɖ cuntri’z sumz t ad p. Az fr hr 1988 taxcuts, ɖe cem onli wns infleśn wz lo n ɖ icoṇmi growñ. Regn cut taxz n masivli incrist ɖ YS deḟsit, bt h tù actd at a tîm ẃn infleśn wz cmñ undr cntrol.

Bî contrast, Qarteñ’z stiḿḷspacij, dzînd t jolt ɖ icoṇmi intu groʈ, arîvz alñsd sōrñ infleśn: it’s ʈrowñ petṛl on ɖ fîr. Ɖt wl pś ɖ Banc v Ñgḷnd t rêz inṭrestrets, ẃć wl mc lîf periḷsli hard fr ɖoz wɖ a morgij. Sm me nt b ebl t cīp p wɖ stīpli incrist munʈli pemnts – a denjr t ẃć ɖ guvnmnt z apaṛntli oblivịs. Mnẃl, guvnmntborowñ z gtñ mor xpnsiv – ɖ cost v it lept īvn az Qarteñ spouc – n ɖ valy v strlñ z plunjñ. Ẃn Iliẓbʈ II wz crǎnd, a pǎnd bòt $2.81; in ɖ munʈ v hr deʈ, it baiz les ɖn $1.10. Ɖt z ɖ marcits’ vrdict on ẃt tde’z Britn z wrʈ.

Az fr ɖ poḷtics, phps ppl wl b so hapi wɖ ɖ xtra £330 ɖe gt fṛm ɖ cansld naśnl-inśuṛns rîz, ɖ’l oṿlc ɖ fact ɖt ɖ Tōriz r handñ at līst 30 tîmz ɖt sum t ɖ wlʈiist wn psnt. It’s poṣbl ɖ’l jst b gretfl ɖer eṇjibil z capt. Mbi ɖt’s hǎ ɖz ʈñz wrc. Oltrṇtivli, ɖ Trus guvnmnt hz jst ritn ɖ script fr Lebr’z nxt ilex́ncampen. It hz ofrd p wn vivid targit aftr anɖr. Hǎ cn Tori MPz lc “red wōl” votrz in ɖ î n dfnd uncapt bancrz’ boṇsz, gv’wez fr ɖ rićist n xes profits fr ɖ eṇjijaynts, ẃl ppl strugl wɖ śrincñ wejz, rîzñ prîsz n imposbl morgijpemnts?

Trus n Qarteñ nīd a groʈmiṛcl, an adreṇlin injx́n intu ɖ icoṇmi ɖt trnz ʈñz arnd in les ɖn tū yirz. Miṛcl mt jst b ɖ rît wrd, bcz ɖs z nt a poḷsi grǎndd in rīzn – it z an act v nir-rlijs feʈ, wn ɖt wd hv md īvn its petṛnsents ćoc. It olso vaylets ɖ most besic nośn v fernis. Ẃt a sît t bhold: a guvnmnt ɖt spent 10 dez v naśnl mōrnñ paysli xtolñ Britiś valyz nǎ tramṗlñ ol ovr ɖm.

Instroduction to Ñspel

In Ñspel │ The Observer view on inequality in the UK

The national mood was different 20 years ago at the Queen’s golden jubilee. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA
Ɖ naśnl mūd wz difṛnt 20 yirz ago at ɖ Qīn’z goldn jūḅli. Foṭgraf: Pōl Feʈ/PA

Ɖ Obzrvr vy on iniqoḷti in ɖ YC

(Transcription of an editorial published in the Observer on Sunday 5 June 2022)

Onli p’liticl rnywl wl rībild trust n criet a fẹrr ssayti

Súnde, 5 Jūn 2022

Britn hz bcm a betr cuntri in ẃć t liv on olmst evri meźr in ɖ 70 yirz sins ɖ Qīn s’xidd t ɖ ʈron. W r a wlʈịr neśn, wɖ lowr levlz v abṣlut poṿti n hayr lîf xpctnsiz. Mni mor cn aford t inrić ɖer livz wɖ inṭnaśnl travl. In ɖ 1950z, fy ppl ǒnd teḷviźnz or frijz; tde, tecnoḷji v ẃć ɖe cd onli hv drīmd hz bcm a prṃnnt fīćr fr ɖ vast mjoṛti. Wimin’z ptiṣpeśn in ɖ wrcfors hz mor ɖn dubld n Britn z tde a far les resist cuntri ɖn it wz ɖen.

Bt ɖ naśnl mūd z difṛnt fṛm 20 yirz ago at ɖ goldn jūḅli, or īvn ɖ dîmndjūḅli in 2012. In ɖ rli 2000z, Britn apird at last t b on an upwdz tṛjectri aftr ɖ rseśn v ɖ 1990z. Ɖr wz an er v confidnt opṭmizm, fyld bî boynt groʈ acumṗnid bî mć-nīdd riinvstmnt in public srṿsz, a blūmñ crietiv inḍstri ɖt xportd Britiś culćr arnd ɖ wrld n ɖ istabliśmnt v ɖ minimm wej n a mor jenṛs welférsetlmnt, ispeṣ́li fr pnśnrz n fr faṃliz wɖ ćildṛn. Pīs wz aćivd in Norɖn Îrḷnd n pǎr dvolvd t Scotḷnd n Wêlz. Ɖ ćanslr, Gordn Brǎn, īvn dclerd ɖ end v “būm n bust”.

It hz tecn ɖ beṇfit v hîndsît t unḍstand jst hǎ preṃtyr ɖt wz. Frst, ɖr wz ɖ 2008 fînanśl crîsis ɖt rvrḅretd arnd ɖ glob n set in tren mor ɖn a deced v stagnetñ livñstanddz fr yuñ ppl n ɖoz on lo incmz; ɖen, a reḟrendm vot t līv ɖ YY ɖt suct in ol p’liticl eṇji fr fîv yirz, līvñ litl fr enʈñ els; n a pandemic ɖt clemd ɖ livz v ʈǎzndz v Brítnz n snt ɖ naśnl dét sōrñ t levlz nt sìn sins ɖ 1960z. Globl ôlśocs n ɖ wor in Ycren hv snt infleśn sōrñ t historic levlz ɖs yir.

Ć v ɖz crîsīz hz bn met wɖ a p’liticl rspons ɖt hz fōḷn far śort v ẃt ɖ cuntri dzrvz. Cnsrṿtiv ćanslrz yzd ɖ fînanśl crîsis az a justiḟceśn fr cutñ bac fînanśl s’port fr lo-incm faṃliz wɖ ćildṛn, īvn az ɖe dlivrd xpnsiv taxcuts ɖt dispṛporśṇtli beṇfitd betr-of faṃliz. Winñ ɖ Brexit reḟrendm onli dlivrd mor pǎr t îdịlogz wɖn ɖ Cnsrṿtiv parti, hu spent yirz ajtetñ fr a hard ic̣nomic, az wel az p’liticl, brec wɖ ɖ YY ɖt jeṗdîzz ɖ p’liticl stbiḷti v Norɖn Îrḷnd n wl drîv p rījnl dspaṛtiz in a cuntri ɖt olrdi hz sm v ɖ wrst levlz v jịgrafic iniqoḷti amñ wlʈi neśnz. Boris Jonsn md sirịs n dedli errz in hiz hanḍlñ v ɖ pandemic, ẃl unḍmainñ public trust in dmocṛsi bî brecñ lwz h himslf intṛdyst t pṛtct lîvz jrñ a naśnl imrjnsi.

Ɖ product v ol ɖs z ɖt ɖ opṭmizm v 20 yirz ago hz bn rplest wɖ unhlʈi levlz v siṇsizm in ǎr guṿnñclas; a sns ʈñz wl cntiny t impruv hz bn éjd ǎt bî ɖ glūm v stagneśn. Ɖs z ɖ frst jeṇreśn v yuñ ppl hu lc set t b wrs of ɖn ɖer peṛnts. Britn’z hǎzñcrîsis mīnz ɖt mni ppl in ɖer 30z wl nvr ǒn a hom, līvñ ɖm cnsînd t ɖ inṣkṛti n xpns v prîṿtli rentñ. Bt ǎr adix́n t groʈ fyld bî cnsymrdét n inebld bî rîzñ hǎsprîsz mīnz no poḷtiśn hz derd implimnt ɖ ifctiv s’luśnz t ɖ hǎzñcrîsis ɖt wd rît ɖs inṭjeṇreśnl roñ.

A deced v unḍinvstmnt in public srṿsz mīnz ɖt wêtñtîmz in ɖ NHS r at record levlz, wɖ ɖoz hu cn aford it rzortñ t gwñ prîṿt in ordr t axes tîmli cer. Ɖ Royl Colij v Imrjnsimeḍsin hz wornd ɖt un’xptbl wêts fr ambyḷnsz in Ñgḷnd r ptñ lîvz at risc. A śortij v NHS dntists mīnz sm ppl r rzortñ t pŭlñ ǎt ɖer ǒn tīʈ t alīviet ɖer pen. Rets v mntl-hlʈ dsordrz hv incrist fṛm wn in nîn t wn in six ćildṛn in ɖ last fîv yirz, bt srṿsz r in crîsis, wɖ mni ćildṛn rjctd fr trītmnt bcz ɖe d nt qoḷfî az il inuf. Poḷtiśnz hv dojd ɖ dificlt qsćnz abt hǎ t fund dīsnt oldr cer in a ssayti wɖ an ejñ popyleśn n in ẃć oldr ppl r uņessṛli cept lanḡśñ in hospitlwordz fr wīcs or īvn munʈs bcz ɖr z nẃr t disćarj ɖm t.

Mnẃl, rets v ćîldpoṿti r incrisñ aftr a deced v welfércuts hv left peṛnts rlaynt on fūdbancs n ćaṛti in ordr t enśur ɖer ćildṛn r worm n wel féd. Ɖ rūl v lw hz bn unḍmaind bî cuts t fruntlîn p’līsñ n cort dlez mīn sm crîmvictimz r wêtñ mor ɖn tū yirz fr ɖer ces t rīć cort.

Ɖt lîf in Britn tde z far betr, on aṿrij, ɖn it wz in 1952 dz nt mīn sitiznz śd pt p n śut p. Ɖ last deced hz bròt ćaḷnjz v a scel nt sìn sins ɖ Secnd Wrldwor, bt ɖ YC z a wlʈi cuntri betr iqipt ɖn evr t mīt ɖm, f onli ǎr līdrśp wr īql t ɖ tasc. Britn in 2022 z a cuntri ɖt hz nvr bn mor despṛtli in nīd v p’liticl rnywl.

Instroduction to Ñspel