October 21: Why Ministers must show some steel

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EU reform is key to manufacturing’s future

Yet, as the letters on this page demonstrate, this does not assuage those who will be left out of pocket as a result of changes being instigated by the Conservatives who have prided themselves, in recent times, on being the workers’ party because of policies that reward endeavour and enterprise.

Of course changes to the welfare system will never be popular, and it is this Government rather than previous Labour administrations which is actually trying to cut a benefits bill that had spiralled out of control, but it would be remiss of Mr Osborne not to acknowledge the difficulties likely to be faced by around three million families who could lose as much as £1,300 a year.

While explaining the need to balance the books, a compassionate Conservative would ensure that the transitional arrangements provide some leeway until policies, like the National Living Wage, take effect. After all, the sacrifices being asked of the low-waged do appear to contradict Mr Osborne’s “we’re all in this together” mantra when set against the tax arrangements of those corporate beasts who still appear to be very adept when it comes to circumventing their tax obligations in the UK.