|Millionaire politician (& Prime Minister) David Cameron|
Politicians. What are they good for? Apart, I mean, from feathering
their own nests at our expense and lying to us. Unless you've been in
Outer Mongolia for the last few years, you'll know about all the impending
benefit cuts and 'room tax' that claimants will soon be hit with. Politicians,
with their usual vacuousness, say it's not right that those on benefits should
have a higher standard of life than those who are working. Sounds good,
doesn't it, but can you spot the flaw in their rationalisation?
Firstly, the number of unemployed people who are better off than
I'm sure we're all aghast at feckless unemployed mothers of 11 children
having new houses purpose-built for them 'cos they can't keep their legs
together, but to penalise those who are genuinely in need of assistance is
not the way to go. Secondly, if anyone working has a lower standard of
living than someone who is unemployed, it's not because benefits
(in the main) are too high - it's because wages are too low.
If the government (of any party - I'm not partisan) is serious about
addressing the alleged discrepancy between wages and benefits, then
they should raise the minimum wage, not cut benefits, which - for the
majority of those on them - do not provide the envious life of un-
bridled hedonistic luxury that politicians seem to imagine.
No - for that kind of lifestyle, one has to be a politician. Let's face
it - what with their expense accounts, food allowances, travel costs,
subsidised bars and restaurants in the House of Commons, and all sorts
of perks and extras that folks in the 'real' world can only dream about,
politicians are the biggest 'benefit' scroungers in the country.
Don't know about you, but I'm sick of the lot of them.