The BBC news presenter was half way through the story of ‘benefit caps’ when I turned the television on. It nearly went straight off again as I thought - here we go again. What are we being accused of now? I stayed to listen – perhaps it would have a happy ending?
Mr Duncan Smith told me ‘ministers were determined to get HIS reforms through Parliament.’ It was so like a small child, going through that stage of grabbing whatever they want, and shrieking ‘MINE.’ You can not reason with them – cannot explain they can’t just take what they want. Try doing that and they will throw themselves on the floor having a screaming tantrum.
Smalls have no concept that their actions will hurt and upset others. This is a life skill they’ll learn as they grow into adulthood. Learn that they can not automatically take things as and when they want.
Somewhere through his life Mr DS never quite grasped those skills
The Minister went on to tell me that it was ‘important that taxpayers saw the system as fair.’ Ah so that’s it. Fair. He wants it to be fair. Well not really fair to those it most affects, but tax payers. A very noble breed of upright, honest citizens. Hang on a moment. Every man, woman and child, who, from the moment they get their first few pounds of pocket money become a tax payer.
But I don’t think he really means everyone. He means that even rarer breed who are lucky to have jobs. Now he is making sense. He wants any benefit to be a stop gap until you get up off your idle, scrounging backside and get one of those mythical jobs. If you choose not to join the ’round the block and over the hill’ queue outside the job centre you will be punished. You will have no money in your pocket. Money which is just loose change to a man who tells you the system must be fair.
So not a happy ending to this news item. It joins the very long list of Welfare Reforms Mr DS is grabbing from those, he thinks, are least able to defend themselves. Wrong. We are not giving in to your tantrums.
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