Friday, 28 June 2013
Osborne's Something For Nothing Culture.
The Tories love to tell stories about the so-called "something for nothing" culture in Britain. Their story is that the country is overrun by feckless working-class layabouts who spend their entire lives loafing about and scrounging off the rest of us. They are not far wrong if we are honest with ourselves. The only problem is that we are all looking at the wrong class. The true scroungers in Britain are not the working class (the clue is in the title) but the so-called upper classes. The reason for the balooning costs of welfare in Britain has little to do with workshy scroungers and everything to do with the low-wage culture that has poisoned the entire economy. Osborne's financial review did absolutely nothing to tackle this pernicious sickness and seemed designed, instead, to help out the payday loan companies that, in any civilized country, would be banned on moral grounds alone. Making the unemployed wait a week to get any benefits in an economy filled to bursting with temporary work and zero-hour contracts is designed to help only those who bankroll the Tory party. Meanwhile it has emerged that the Royal household is to get another £1 million per year from the public purse to help them with the pittance they get from owning most of the country. And, if that doesn't give you a clue as to how this country's affairs are actually arranged then the news that, in the last 12 months, another 78,000 people now own a house worth £1 million or more might offer enlightenment. None of these people own a house on a housing estate in Birmingham, Liverpool or Manchester of course. No, these houses are to be found in Kensington, Virginia Water in Surrey, Cobham also in Surrey and Beaconsfield in Buckinghamshire. Money is draining away from those who do all the real work in this country into the pockets of those who are the true scroungers - bankers, business executives, and property speculators. Small wonder that these are the same people who bankroll and support the Tory party or that the economy, warped by these self-serving and self-satisfied crooks, is in such a parlous state.