Merry Christmas.

Now back to business

Well done Conservative Party Chairman Grant Shapps for floating the idea of 1% rises to certain benefits over the next six years.

So long as the government remains committed to continuing to raise the tax threshold for the low earners who keep our country ticking I fully support it.

Where as under Labour we saw the tax rate for the low paid double from 10p to 20p what this clearly signals is that once again the Conservatives are the party of Britain's strivers.

And the fact that Ed Balls has already said he is opposed to it shows that as well as continuing to be the party of the shirkers, Labour still have no plans whatsoever to reduce the enormous deficit and mess they left behind