PoliticsHome reports that Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Liam Byrne has called the Government's benefit cap policy "chaotic". Byrne also reported added:
"I’m afraid the picture that we’ve got today is of a pretty chaotic and pretty careless Government that is potentially putting 40,000 families out of a home and actually putting up the bill to taxpayers."
Liam Byrne, readers will recall, was the out-going Chief Secretary to the Treasury who famously left a note for his successor which read:
"Dear Chief Secretary, I'm afraid there is no money. Kind regards - and good luck! Liam."
In a BBC report Byrne admitted that it made the job of his party, as the Official Opposition in the new parliament, in a contradictory position when attempting to criticise policies of the Coalition. In that same report he also admitted that there was a "dark humour" between politicians.
It is well known by those who visit this blog that I am no admirer of Cameron, Clegg and the Coalition and whilst in no manner excusing their policies, I find it incredible that someone who was himself a member of a government which has been demonstrated to be pretty chaotic and pretty careless with the nation's finances; one which left this nation in dire financial straits; and one which has imposed on the taxpayer an ever increasing bill; has the temerity to criticise attempts (misguided or otherwise) to rectify the situation. I find it likewise incredible that politicians can indulge in "dark humour" amongst themselves about a nation whos well-being they had been entrusted.
It never ceases to amaze me that politicians such as Byrne - and he is not alone in my criticism - are able to continually get re-elected to parliament when they have shown themselves to be incompetent and therefore unworthy of that high office.
Democracy, British-style - don't you just love it?