As a nation I think we have lost sight of what constitues the welfare state.
When introduced social security as it was know was just that. A mechanism to support you if you hit rough times. A temporary solution.
What it has turned into (for some) is a career. Why work when you can get it for free? Why contribute when others can pay for you?
There are few countries in the world where you can live your whole life without ever working.
You come into the world with nothing. Straight away you get free healthcare. I don't care what anyone says about the NHS, it is a world class service and it's FREE.
You then get free nursery and a FREE world class education. By the way, if you play the game you can even get a university education for free.
You leave education and have no job, ok we then give you money to live on. What about somewhere to live? OK we can give you accommodation too! FREE.
So you could pretty much up to this point not have contributed a penny.
In my experience these "non contributors" are the ones whining. I guess it's lucky for them they were not born a country, and there are plenty of them, Where they would have died as infants due to the lack of basic care.
On the other side there are many now who are caught in a trap of unemployment and debt. I blame successive governments for this. Starting with Thatcher. There is always going to be massive unemployment if you wilfully destroy the source of jobs for hundreds of thousands of people. (Manufacturing, Mining etc). Then make it more attractive to stay at home rather than find a job (whatever the pay). Then open our borders to millions of economic migrants who mostly will compete with the unskilled labour market.
This may have been great for British business, who lined their pockets. But it has destroyed the standard of living of the UK. We are in decline and will be for the foreseeable future.
The latest brainwave by dopy Dave and his crew (Milliband is even dopier) is to send people on JSA into placements. Brilliant!!!!!
These folks are working at Tescos now for JSA + expenses. What does that mean then? It means that the workers Tesco were employing at minimum wage and slightly above now will have to claim JSA. All it has done is fuck the people who actually wanted a job and give their job to someone who is being forced to work. Meanwhile Tesco's are wanking in the land of green ginger, filling their pockets with tax payers cash. The government has created much of what they are sowing. Every political party is to blame. They gave a contract that would have provided 1000's of jobs for years in Derby (Bombardier) to a German company (because it slightly benefitted the tax payer). Those were high quality jobs. How does that benefit the business of Derby? The countless small business that will suffer because another couple of thousand local people are now on JSA, or instead of earning £12 an hour they are earning £6. This is inexcusable. Philip Hammond hang your ugly head in shame. When will these aresholes learn that the UK is just that. Not London.
I'm from Coventry, as a teenager there was a song released by a local band called The Specials about Coventry. It was called Ghost Town, It needs to be rereleased because it is more relevant today than 30 years ago.
So are we a far Country?
Do we give Millions away in aid to countries that are richer than us? India, Brazil (btw - Brazil will not let ships from the Falklands dock in their ports That's pretty fair.
We let pretty much anyone in and give them what we get. _ FREE
That seems pretty fair too.
We send our brave soldiers to any Country who is being oppressed and needs liberation. We pay in blood and considerable financial cost. While many of our European neighbours do nothing.
That's quite fair isn't it?
We look after our citizen's from cradle to grave (FFS we even pay to bury them!)
In my book we are a little too fair.
Just ro reinforce my point have a look at this - What a disgracehttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-17127488