Sick-making quote of the week

George Osborne on solidarity

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We are all in this together.

I counted this phrase eight times, in some shape or form, in the shadow chancellor's speech on Monday.

But, aside from echoing Troy and Gabriella in Disney's High School Musical, is the nauseating phrase actually true?

How can teachers, nurses, careworkers, dinner ladies and cleaners -- whose pay Gideon George Osborne plans to freeze and whose numbers he will undoubtedly cut -- be in it "together" with a shadow cabinet (two-thirds of whom are millionaires, including Cameron and Osborne) and a bunch of bankers who continue to rake in multibillion-pound bonuses, even after helping to cause the worst financial crisis in more than half a century?

It makes me sick.

Mehdi Hasan is a contributing writer for the New Statesman and the co-author of Ed: The Milibands and the Making of a Labour Leader. He was the New Statesman's senior editor (politics) from 2009-12.

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