Squeezed middle

It’s absolutely outrageous. First they start taxing us at 50% and now they take away our child benefit. I mean, how do they expect us to survive when we were only just making ends meet as it was?’

‘I think they call it the squeezed middle,’ said TheCreep.

‘You can hardly call it the middle when you’re earning two hundred grand a year,’ said TheBusker with a chuckle.

‘It’s not what you bring in that matters but what you’re left with after expenses,’ said OldSmoothie. ‘When you’re maintaining a fleet that includes HMS HerIndoors and HMS SchoolFees the reality is that you end up with less money in your pocket than even the poorest manual worker.’

There was an embarrassed silence as even OldSmoothie himself realised that he had gone too far and tried to change the subject with a cringeworthy dig at UpTights,

‘Well, however stretched everything gets, it’ll never compete with that face of yours UpTights.’

‘You’re pathetic,’ she replied. ‘You know, there’s only one squeezed middle around here, OldSmoothie and that’s attached to your waist.’

BabyBarista is a fictional account of a junior barrister practising at the English Bar, written by barrister and writer Tim Kevan. For more information and to read posts from the last few years visit babybarista.com. Cartoons by Alex Williams, author of 101 Ways to Leave the Law.

October 27, 2010 · Tim Kevan · Comments Closed
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