[iup=3577599]Fatal Exception[/iup] wrote:
Housing benefit would be less of an issue today if Thatcher hadn't sold off the council houses.... The Tories have made this worse with the bedroom tax. By 'taxing' spare rooms they push families who can't afford this into private letting, paid for by the tax payer. This costs them more money. They're privatising social housing and then complaining about what it costs
The ever decreasing stock of council houses also helps drive up the bill. In fact many of the private rentals being used are ex-council houses being rented back to the council for more money. Some owned by MPs....
But of course this bill is the poor's fault for being lazy.
We created a society were people are paid below subsistence wages and then have to be aided by the government to get by, then only to have politicians demonise them for this fact. Here is an idea; why don't we actually target the people responsible for this scandalously low pay and do something about that? No, of course not. After all, those employers are making money and the right consider wealth to be a signifier of moral worth. If your employer underpays you it's obviously your
These cretins cannot be allowed another term. The damage to people's lives will be very real.
The really sad truth is that Labour will not be much different. A culture of meanness and selfishness has arisen during the last five years that is quickly eroding all civic good will and charitable sensibilities. The vulnerable have been turned into scapegoats to distract from those who actually caused the current economic situation and it has worked.