Bash, bash, bash the poor
October 1, 2013 3 Comments
When living standards consistently drop, as they have for every month bar one since Cameron got the keys to number ten, the squeezed middle will get upset. And those struggling to maintain their lifestyles will not enjoy being told that there are feckless hordes enjoying recumbent leisure with little physical outlay.
The Tories enjoy giving a good old-fashioned kicking to the poor; they must do, they readily revert to this at the slightest provocation. The welfare budget that has grown since 2010 is somehow the fault of those in receipt of state aid, and they must be brought to book. We are seriously told that there are many instances of people being given houses, cars, money, widescreen TVs, whilst giving nothing back in return. If it is not the poor, then it is immigrants – and woe betide anyone who is both poor and an immigrant.
Punish the poor and hey presto, the rest of us can breathe easy. Yet, we all know that this is window-dressing, that whatever regime is brought in will only uncover a handful of the wilfully feckless and low-down benefits cheats.
Of course, it is repulsive to see cheating, but I find it equally so to see millionaires given tax-cuts, and to see industrial-scale tax avoidance. Bugger-all is being done to address the ever-widening gap between rich and poor.
Welfare should be a safety net and not a lifestyle choice. My experience tells me that those who opt for the latter are a tiny minority and that instead of encouraging a state of suspicion and benefit-vigilantism the Government should be creating jobs and supporting education. Bashing those on welfare may generate great headlines but it does nothing for social cohesion, and hides the truth about the huge disparities between the wealthy and the rest of us.