Jonathan Dimbleby asked the BBC "Any Questions" audience in Sunninghill, Berkshire, if they preferred the popular term Bedroom Tax or the Government preferred term that excludes the word "Bedroom" and also the word "Tax."
This is of course not a just a matter of semantics, and pundit Martin Lewis on the panel was firmly against the Bedroom Tax, but admitted that the very term “Bedroom Tax” had confused some elderly people with spare bedrooms into believing that they would be "taxed" when of course they would not. Somewhat condescending of Mr Lewis to assume that old people with surplus bedrooms would be so confused; perhaps he had in mind Her Majesty the Queen who I believe is very old and has a staggering number of spare rooms. Rest assured your Majesty, there will be no Mansion Tax introduced by this government.
The Bedroom Tax is however what it is, and what it is, is what it is, a government ruse to tax the poor by stealth, and to do so, come what may, regardless of the harsh consequences.
I'd like to think that Iain Duncan Smith is just another confused old man that needs a glass of milk and some kind reassurance from Martin Lewis. Is it possible that the consequences of the IDS Bedroom Tax were unintentional? Highly implausible, you might think!
Perhaps we will get an apology for his cock-up when IDS stands up to speak at the forthcoming Tory Tea Party in Manchester.
Informational Announcement for IDS or any other confused elderly person who might want further information about this subject: Google “BEDROOM TAX”, and not that other name whatever it was. If you want to Google the other name, I advise you to Google. “BEDROOM TAX” to find out what that other name might be.