This is the day that people in the UK have been dreading – the Budget from the new coalition government. It can be viewed as a disaster or as a necessity and to a certain extent it depends on how financially secure people feel. The recent weeks of forecasting great gloom and doom and massive cuts have affected me, in common with many people, in adverse ways. It is easy to become frightened and discouraged. And I, for one, am sad that it seems that many of the most vulnerable in society will be hard hit. That attitude goes together with a people who have stopped exercising compassion to the physically and mentally ill, the misfits, the elderly and so forth. And it makes me sad.
In past years, there has been a degree of political trickery and spin, whereby rumours are leaked of the worst secenarios, then the actuality is not so bad. It seems that this may not be so today. Things really are bad. Perhaps the only attitude to take is one of “we will prevail.” Maybe people have to opt out of the excesses of this country – there is after all, much that can be improved. But please God, we don’t lose our compassion for those who need help. That would be tragic. More so even, than a Cabinet where most of the members are millionaires.