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Sunday, 15 December 2013

Nadhim Zahawi: Competing to be the nastiest of the nasties.


Tory MP Nadhim Zahawi would limit child benefit and tax credits to families' first two children.

Tory MP Nadhim Zahawi

Tory MP Nadhim Zahawi would limit child benefit and tax credits to a families first two children.
Another of  the "Nasty party's" nasties to crawl out of the woodwork with proposals to save money for the tax payer.
Zahawi, a member of David Cameron's policy board, rationalises his proposition with the notion that, "Capping welfare by family size would save billions and help the next generation think more carefully about their relationship with the welfare state".
Politicians are renowned for their ability to have selective memory lapses when it comes to their own acts or omissions, but Zahawi takes first prize for patronising contempt, when he adds that  "they can no longer assume the taxpayer has a bottomless purse",
This is the same Nadhim Zahawi who received £5,822.27 for electricity and heating oil for his estate, funded by the taxpayer through the notorious MP's expenses gravy train.
This petty little hypocrite also claimed 31p on his expenses for paperclips, 53p to buy a hole punch, 63p for ballpoint pens and 89p for a stapler.
He has also been criticised for reclaiming business costs on Parliamentary expenses, used a company in an offshore tax haven to buy a house in his constituency and during 2012/13 claimed a total of £170,234 in expenses. For him to now champion a further malicious assault on living standards of families is gross, as the effect is directed specifically at the children.
It is remarkable how so many Tory MP's are able , without any sense of shame or irony, to implement measures which, in the name of "saving tax payers money", inflict hardship and misery on families and individuals across the country. Measures which are spiteful, divisive and more akin to dismantling the welfare state than to improving the lives of ordinary people, pensioners, disabled and unemployed in Britain.
In this, Nadhim Zahawi is no different from the rest in scrambling for the dubious honour of being the nastiest of the nasties.