Britain is today bracing itself for a series of strikes over the next few months as the Institute of Chartered Accountants announced that it would be balloting its members over strike action in protest at the cuts in Child Benefit for higher tax payers.
Institute member Matthew Singleton said that he would be supporting the action. ‘I wasn’t at all bothered by the spending cuts before, but now I’m completely behind the No to the Cuts campaign.’ He went on to explain how the cut would affect his family – ‘We’re going to have to have ten days in Florida instead of a fortnight now. We may even have to downsize my wife’s car from a Mercedes to a VW. The Tories say they’re pro-family, but try telling that to my kids when they roll up at prep school in a second-rate German MPV.’
Other professionals are also thought to be considering strike action, and there have been reports of solicitors, bank managers and dentists being spotted waving placards and shouting outside the Tory party conference.
The announcement could also have an impact on celebrity families, with David Beckham tweeting yesterday ‘We was thinking about moving back to England. With all of our kids we’d have done quite nicely from Child Benefits, but now it’s been scrapped I don’t think we’ll bother.’
Yesterday’s news was also roundly condemned by lower income families who will still receive the benefit. Unemployed factory worker Mike Davies grumbled ‘I was hoping that some day, if I can ever find another job, I might be able to call myself ‘middle income’. Now I find out I’ll have to earn almost double the average wage to do that. It’s a worse blow than losing my job and being out of work for two years in the first place.’
Having already shocked the public by hitting higher rate tax payers to pay off the national debt, further unexpected announcements are expected this week at the Tory conference, such as greater involvement in Europe, Scottish and Welsh independence and the opening of twenty new coal mines.