Hmm. It stands to reason that there has to be a pay off when the country has had to borrow money to fund our way through the pandemic. As I said in an earlier post, we can expect taxes to rise to repay that debt. That would be the case no matter who was in charge. As for the National Living Wage, as of 25th November 2020, that was due to rise. Bryan Sanderson, Chair of the Low Pay Commission, said: "Recommending minimum wage rates in the midst of an economic crisis coupled with a pandemic is a formidable task. The difficulty in looking forward even to next April is daunting. There are strong arguments concerning both low-paid workers – many performing critically important tasks – and the very real solvency risks to which small businesses are currently exposed. In these unprecedented conditions, stability and competence are prime requirements. Our value as a social partnership is to use the imperfect economic evidence to produce a recommendation which is professionally researched and dispassionate. Most importantly, after much debate it has the support of the business, trade union and academic representatives who make up the Commission. We have opted for a prudent increase which consolidates the considerable progress of recent years and provides a base from which we can move towards the Government’s target over the next few years." That sounds like a sensible approach to me, under the circumstances. I don't really get this idea that they're awful human beings. There are plenty of people on both sides of the divide that are objectionable characters. The idea that they want to keep the lowest paid and the lower classes down goes against many of the key tenets of Conservatism- their ideal is that everyone should be working hard to make themselves prosperous, so that there's plenty of money sloshing around and there is little drain on the public purse.