Osborne's Kidney Cuts

James Meek

An extract from George Osborne’s statement in the House of Commons on the 2010 Spending Review:

I am grateful to the work of my right honourable friend, the member for Sumburgh West, in investigating the current provision of organs in this country, and I have considered his recommendations carefully.

Good kidney function is an essential part of the workings of a modern, civilised society, and the Coalition is determined to ensure that Britain has kidney function second to none in order that we may punch above our weight in the global economy going forward.

Nonetheless, we can no longer tolerate a situation where the long-term unemployed have exactly the same number of kidneys as members of hard-working families who pay their taxes. This penalises virtue and goes against the principles of fairness which guide this government’s actions.

I note that the previous government allowed for increases of only 2 per cent in provision for kidney dialysis and kidney stone treatment up to 2014. (Cries of ‘Shame!’ from Coalition benches.) After a careful look at the options, I have decided that by cutting out waste and duplication in kidney function, I can increase the budget for dialysis by 40 per cent over the next four years. (Coalition cheers.)

To fund this increase, and in line with best medical advice that only one kidney is necessary for healthy life, I propose reducing by 50 per cent the number of kidneys currently held by those on benefits. The organs thus freed up will be sold by tender. Further savings will be made by putting a private consortium in charge of removing the surplus kidneys from their current owners.

The current situation calls for all sections of society to shoulder the burden of the reductions in government spending we must make, and I have therefore decided to introduce a kidney levy for higher rate taxpayers who wish to retain the luxury of two kidneys. The levy will be set initially at an annual rate of £9.99, although this will be subject to review.

Mr Speaker, the protection of the most vulnerable members of society is at the core of this government’s philosophy, and I am delighted to tell the house that because of the meaures we have taken, we are able to ring fence both kidneys of all children under the age of 16 until at least 2020. (Huge Coalition cheers.)

I now turn to waste and duplication in the area of personal vision...


  • 20 October 2010 at 2:51pm
    Jason Kennedy says:
    Good, but you left out:

    The issue of non-domiciled kidneys.

    That the advice on kidney reduction will be overseen by men and women, who, due to the presence of 'a wealth gene' (ie: through no fault of their own) were born with not the usual two kidneys, but with millions of them.

    "At the Bullingdon Club, we routinely set fire to a heap of our kidneys, and used that fire to roast thousands more of our kidneys, which we than ate and washed down with champagne. All of this gave us vital insight into how precious kidneys are and made us determined to crack down on waste, inefficiency and renal red tape..."

  • 20 October 2010 at 3:04pm
    A.J.P. Crown says:
    I now turn to waste and duplication in the area of personal vision…

    Has Osborne got the balls for this?

    • 20 October 2010 at 3:19pm
      Joe Morison says: @ A.J.P. Crown
      Perhaps not after the consideration of waste and duplication in the area of male reproductive resources.

  • 20 October 2010 at 6:00pm
    alibrown18 says:
    Mr George Osborne ate with Pickles the inner organs of students and fowl welfare claimants. He liked thick bankers, nutty economists, a stuffed Lib Dem chief secretary, living allowances fried to dust crumbs, fried immigrants toes. Most of all he liked grilled mutton kidneys which gave to his palate a fine tang of faintly scented urine.

    Kidneys were in his mind as he moved about the spending cuts softly, righting the budget deficit on spending review day. Gelid light and air were in the kitchen but out of doors gentle summer morning everywhere. Made him feel a bit peckish.

  • 21 October 2010 at 5:06am
    Saffy says:
    I'm sure it did make him feel peckish. But I wonder, did he eat them with some fava beans and a nice chianti? fft, fft, fft, fft, fft.

  • 21 October 2010 at 8:40am
    Geoff Roberts says:
    I think you are all being very unfair to Mr Osbourne and his colleagues, who are doing a very difficult job, fixing the country after that awful Brown fellow and his comrades had made such a mess of our economy. After all,they told you what they were going to do and now they are doing it, putting Britain back in the big league er, making sure that we play our cards on the big table of life. All of your cynical leftist jibes will not stop them putting the GREAT back into Britain. (I'm a bit worried about how the Queen (God bless her) will manage though.)

  • 22 October 2010 at 6:42pm
    Talulah says:
    Sounds familiar.

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