This week I’ve been struck again and again by the determination of our government to make the poor suffer for the mistakes of millionaire bankers . Yesterday, George Osborne re-iterated once again how, even with GDP figures showing economic stagnation and evidence to show living standards falling , he was unwilling to rethink his plan for deficit reduction. That interview was followed by a news report on the mistreatment of people on incapacity benefits. In an attempt to cut the welfare budget the government is alienating the most vulnerable in society and is putting the sick at risk. Finally, this morning I heard that Mayor of London Boris Johnson is calling for the scrapping of the 50p tax rate for those earning over £150,000 on the grounds that it is making it difficult for London to ‘compete’ with Geneva and other places the extremely rich like to hang out.