A report in the Daily Mail will be more bad news for Gordon Brown. The cost of a basic basket of staple foods as risen by 15% this year alone. Coming at a time when Brown is facing a rebellion over the abolition of the 10p rate of tax, the timing could not be worse. Government claims that inflation stands at 2.5% (CPI) this month are very misleading to say the least. The CPI is staying low because "nice to have" goods are holding their price. However the price of "must have" goods such as milk (up 17%) and bread (up 25%) is shooting up. This will obviously have the greatest impact on the poorest in our society. Scrapping the 10p tax rate could not have come at a more damaging time for the 5 million affected.
We are all seeing large increases in gas, electricity, transport, council tax, water, petrol - and don't forget, we still have Alistair Darling's 2p hike in petrol prices to deal with later this year. This government, and Gordon Brown in particular, have failed those who the Labour party traditionally strove to protect from poverty.
Surely Gordon Brown has got to go?