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Poverty and Common Sense.
After all Labour's claptrap and verbal diarrhea about abolishing child poverty and broadband access being a basic human right its nice to hear the coalition government talking sense about povery. How long they'll keep it up is anybody's guess.

Poverty and Common Sense
by Ian R Thorpe.
2010-07-06
CREATIVE COMMONS: Attribute, non commercial, no derivs.
KEYWORDS: coalition, economy, government, jobs, employment, poverty, election, budget, political correctness, politically correct, poor, tax, benefits

Two stories that sat next to each other on the BBC website today made me think once again about the insanity that seems to have infected the nations of the developed world.

Poverty Gap Continues To Grow (BBC News, 6 July 2010) New research from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation has shown the gap between the statutory minimum wage and the income needed to fund an "acceptable standard of living" is widening.) Also read: Minimum Wage Scam ... Minimum Wage Folly
Radical Shake up For Benefit Payments
A raft of benefits have been cut or curbed as part of a radical shake up of the welfare system. These changes are designed to save £11bn per year by the end of the parliamentary term. That adds up to a quarter of the annual target of £40bn of spending cuts and tax rises by 2014-15.

We seem to have lost sight of what actually constitutes poverty. When the bleeding hearts and the hand wringers start to bleat about the intolerable poverty being endured by people who do not have a broadband connection and a web enabled computer in their home, when the Labour government we ejected from office in May 2010 could spend 13 years wailing about child poverty and promising to abolish it without ever seeming to make the link between children living in poverty and adults who are lazy, self indulgent and not willing to work for a living, when we can hear talk of children who do not have the latest iPhone or iPod, designer trainers or hoodies or any of the other crap from which the modern pikey child or pikey adult derives all their self esteem are we talking about poverty or are we talking about a salve for the easily bruised consciences of middle class left wing guilt trippers?

Many of the cuts proposed in the budget presented by the Conservative / Liberal Democrat coalition will affect only across the board payments such as child benefit. Will the government have the good sense to make up the loss of genuine income for the needy so income is only reduced for more affluent recipients.

Apart from that most people do not expect to b e rich, they are content with their lot and though they dream of finding they have the winning ticket for the lottery or Euromillions are really not pining for the day. People are sensible enough to know most of us are destined to lead quite ordinary lives.

My wife and I received child benefit for both our children until they were sixteen. Throughout that time I was earning well above the national average despite living in a designated "low pay area." We now receive a winter fuel payment of £250 on account of my being disabled. My two colleagues in writing The Daily Stirrer both receive this as does my brother - in -law. We are all comfortably off and pay tax on our pensions. Why are these benefits paid across the board and not on a basis of need. None of the people I mentioned would complain if these benefits were removed, I know because I asked the others. We accept them because there is no easy way of opting out.

Over thirty years ago the Liberal Party as it was then, a tiny group in Parliament with about ten MPs despite polling over 10% of the vote, was campaigning for some social benefits to be linked to the PAYE tax code. It was a simple way of directing benefits to where they were needed. Since then we have had several massive projects involving the expenditure of £billions on Information Technology, all aimed at reforming the tax and benefits system. All have failed chaotically.

Is it not time the left, having had thirteen years to address this problem without doing anything more than whine about the horrors of deprived children who do not have iPhones, just shut the fuck up about unfairness. It's their bleeding heart incompetence, fuckwittery and failure to regulate the advertising industry's brainwashing of the public that caused most it.

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