Thursday, 8 September 2011

Lazy, scrounging bastards

A report this week highlighted by the Daily Telegraph reveals that the number of households in this country where no adult has ever worked has increased to the highest level since the Office of National Statistics started keeping records 16 years ago.

There are now a staggering 370,000 households in the UK where no-one has ever worked, so this raises some simple questions :

(1) Are these people actually unable to find work or is it simply that they don't feel the need to bother?

(2) Is our benefits culture so out of control that people actually better off staying at home?

(3) How did these people get a home to lounge around in when hard working people can't get a mortgage?

To find the answers, look at the statistics. The number of these households has doubled in the last 15 years. That's 15 years predominantly under a Labour government. A Labour government that believes in redistribution of wealth.

Look at the number of people who decided to come off disability benefit when they were told that they would have to be medically assessed.

Look at the ridiculous Human Rights legislation that promises so much to those that know how to exploit it.

Look at the recent case of Moira Pearce in Gillingham who is hawking herself round local charities begging for handouts because she can't support her 10 children by four different men in her four bed roomed house in Kent on the paltry £31,200 a year she gets in benefits.

Yes, there are people out there with problems that genuinely deserve a helping hand. People who are trying their best.

And then there are people like Moira...


  1. You can probably add Buckingham Palace. The House of Commons and The House of Lords.

  2. Just as the Gubmint intended and now, having created the problems such as feral youth, binge drinking, poorly educated lazy b'stards, they play the knight-in-shining-armour coming to the rescue with all the remedies.
    Fuck 'em.

  3. Poor Moira: £31,200 in the hand is equivalent to approx £52,000 to a working tax-payer, approx double the median wage.

  4. Hang on tho', Anon - wasn't it the Labour government that created this lot? This lot's only been in for a year to be fair...

  5. So it's taken the Tories/Lib Dems over a year to notice they had a problem left to them by the earlier bunch of inepts.
    24hr opening for pubs.
    Making dole money available for as long as the recipient requires.
    I'm no genius but I can see that there might be a small problem in the pipeline.

  6. I have to say that being a welfare recipient for a number of years now, although not in the UK, so some of you can relax about your hard earned taxes, we seem to be approaching a time in society where we need to rethink our attitudes to work, wages, lifestyle and the role of the government in providing essential services for everyone.

    Consider how many people are actively involved in producing something, sometimes at the cost of their own lives, compared with the numbers "employed" shuffling paper, or watching other people to make sure they "do their work", and usually being paid exorbitant sums of money.

    Human development has been a relentless march to produce more with less effort and more time for leisure. In fact, had we remained a hunter-gatherer or primitive agricultural society we would not be enjoying the lifestyle we have.

    We can see what life would be like by looking at a number of countries around the world now.

    With parts of the world interconnected, what is now a 24/7/365 society and the present global financial problems, we probably should be re-assessing the basic operating principles of our society as we seem to be hitting the limits of what is possible with the present system.

    Every country seems to be striving for 3% to 10% growth but, like a Ponzi Scheme, it is simply not sustainable in the long run.

    Some discussion points might be, a minimum wage for every individual with no strings attached, no overtime or holiday loadings, no income tax. To balance the books a little there would need to be a consumption tax and probably some form of inheritance tax (you know you can't take it with you).

    Sorry if I've spoilt the tone of the blog, but I felt I had to get it off my chest and get some of my thoughts together.

    I'll shut up now.


  7. Hi Dave. First, apologies that your comment did not post straight away. For some reason Blogger decided to take it as spam! I don't bleiieve in censorship and have corrected this.

    Secondly, don't feel the need to shut up. You have some valid points. We have pursued leisure time for decades without any real idea of how it will work.

    I have no problem with welfare, but I do have a problem with people who milk the system - like Moira - and don't even try to help themselves. I have a friend who used to teach in an inner city school. She was telling me she had female pupils whose plan for live was to leave school asap and get pregnant so they would get themselves set up in a council flat and live off benefits.

    Re inheritance tax, I know you can't take it with you but I have always had a problem with being taxed all your life and then being taxed again for dying! (I realise you're not suggesting that)

    Thanks for your comments. You've not spoilt the tone if the blog in the slightest - if anything you've enhanced it...

  8. I'm firmly of the opinion that welfare or benefit payments should be directly linked to contributions ..unless someone is so severely handicapped that they're unable to make any contribution at all ..

    People simply must be weaned off the notion that one can take-out of the pot, without ever having put anything in ..

    I'm also dead set against inheritance tax (and no, I'm not wealthy .. far from it) .. but if you've paid your taxes during your working life (and so made your contributions) why the hell should the government have any claim on what's left when you die ?


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