The Tories Wet Dream

By Dark Politricks

I am starting to believe that the current economic situation is a Tories wet dream come true for many reasons.

Not only does it give them a chance to dismantle much of the state and reduce the huge public sector that Labour pumped up over the last decade but they can put all the blame for doing so squarely at Labours door.

Many Tories are not shy of stating publicly that they believe in a small state and that our current populus relies

far too much on the government for support. However many other Tories hold these beliefs but dare not speak them for want of being attacked as the uncaring nasty party a label they aquired during the 90’s and one which they have been working hard to shake off.

Today George Osborne told the Tory Conference that the universal Child Benefit would become a lot less universal in the future. The cutting of this benefit which was until Osborne’s speech today a benefit enjoyed by all families regardless of wage would normally attract much outrage from all sections of society. However now that the Tories have the perfect excuse in the deficit and they can happily renege on pre-election promises to not cut child benefit or raise VAT whilst at the same time pointing their finger at Labour and blaming it all on them. It’s like all their Christmases have come at once in that they can dismantle the state bit by bit all the while blaming Labour and having most of the country believe that it’s necessary.

Many Tories have wished for a chance to dismantle the birth to grave welfare state that was devised after the war to help pay back the many who swapped slums for trenches and who came back home deserving a land fit for heroes. It was quite right and proper that a country who had asked its least privileged and poorest to waste their lives walking towards machine guns sought to re-balance its books by installing a system that tried to even out the massive inequality that our country suffered from at the time.

Successive governments both Tory and Labour have added to this system and whilst many Americans might denounce this socialised system as some Communist nightmare many who live within its boundaries are rightly proud that we have a system that offers health care to all and which tries to rebalance natures cruel trick of birth by trying to ensure sanitary and safe housing for those that need it and care to those who can’t look after themselves. I personally have no problem knowing that a portion of my tax and national insurance goes toward social insurance and the care of others.

Do I dislike benefit cheats and scroungers? Of course, but I dislike rich arrogant banksters a lot more and they have done more to bankrupt our country and ruin future generations prospects than any teenage mum on housing benefit could ever do. I have had the good grace to experience life from both ends of the social scale and have had the joyful experience of signing on and living on an amount for a fortnight what many earn in a day and what most City bankers would earn in an hour or less.

Tories educated at Eton with little or no concept of what its like to survive on £100 a fortnight must feel vindicated

by what they are doing when they read one of the never ending stories about dole bludgers and gym slip mums that fill

the red tops every day of the week. The Murdoch owned gutter press seem addicted to stories about sex and scrounging. If it’s not a story about another Premiership footballer playing too many away games with strippers and professional party girls it’s another story about teenage dads who are intent on milking the social for every penny. Kids are nothing but a means to an end it seems and a quick way of getting bonus points on the housing register. Why work 48 hour weeks to earn the minimum wage and live in expensive private accommodation when you can drop a couple of nippers and jump straight into a new build paid for by mugs like you and me.

A single man who works legitimatley has little hope of getting a place from the social even if they are on minimum wage. However a single mum can expect instant housing, first in a shared house for expectent mums or maybe a bedsit and then as the kids drop out one by one you slowly move your way up the housing ladder. I don’t want to even guestimate the number of working dads who get paid cash to avoid tax and NI and don’t officially live with the mother of their children to avoid being thrown out of their nice council homes. The Tories are right to try and change the system in this regards as a system in which work pays less than benefits is one in which people will rightly play and I personally find it hard to blame some of the people who play it so well.

If I was an uneducated poor girl who could at best hope for a lifetime working in McDonalds earning barely £200 a week before tax and who has grown up in a society that is bombarded by advertising drumming the “have it all” mentality into their heads I would probably grab my council house as fast as I could open my legs.

It’s very easy for those of us who have the tools and skills to better ourselves through hard work to judge and tell others to just buckle down and work hard and eventually it will all come to you but we all know that this isn’t always true. Many very clever and hard working people spend their whole lives striving to better themselves only to be given no breaks or to make little or no difference by the time they retire. Time on this earth is short and in many places also brutal and hard. Some may consider it morally the right thing to put up with the shit in the hope that one day your righteousness is rewarded but if the state is willing to hand certain things to you on a plate is it really your fault for taking them or the societies for making it too easy to say yes please.

I remember the 80’s and I don’t remember stories of dole scroungers and benefit cheats filling the press. It was a time when the state paid you to go to University and you could even claim the dole whilst you were there. Whole swathes of the country had been put out of work due to the “de-regualtrion” of the Thatcher years and whereas before the cuts working class and poorly educated but skilled men could expect a life time of work in manufacturing or down the pit the closure of the mines and ship yards and the export of our good skilled jobs overseas to be replaced by a service industry meant that whole towns worth of men were put on the dole. Sociologists have documented well the problems that Thatchers “revolution” brought to working class Britain but one of the reasons that so many people “choose” the dole over work is because of the lack of good skilled labour jobs that pay well.

If you are lucky enough to be well educated and qualified you can take your pick of some of the more interesting service based jobs the UK has to offer such as IT but if your a product of our woeful comprehensive system then your job choices are usually narrow and few.

Our state school system is shit and I know because I barely survived it myself. I would have excelled at a Grammar school if any still existed but my family wasn’t rich enough to pay for private education so I went to the local comp where I quickly became bored and fell into the wrong crowd.

Putting young men of all backgrounds together may seem like a socialist dream but if their energies are not put to good use and their brains not stretched and filled with an enthusiasm for learning their focus can quickly turn to mischief. However because of the mixed social strata what might be a few old school pranks in public school equates to serious crime, drugs and debauchery in a bog standard comp.

In the same way that young boys need to be occupied with worthwhile activities that leave them tired at the end of the day the same is said for men in the workplace. For the skilled labourer they require a job in which they can have pride that fills them with self worth and a healthy pay packet.

Otherwise it’s either a life of crime or unskilled work in a factory or shop making minimum wage and there is little

pride in those types of jobs apart from being able to say you earned your wage on the straight and up. If there were more skilled manufacturing jobs then the number of unemployed men would dwindle quickly as I don’t really believe the red tops when they claim that many people on the dole are rejoicing in an idle lifestyle happy to live off the state.

It may be hard for some people to understand but it really is not easy to live on £100 or so a fortnight. When I was on the dole I used to take home £80  every two weeks. Could you live on that? Is that really milking the state and living a life of luxury? I could spent that amount on a bad night out however we ask many to live on that amount and then berate them for doing so. It maybe the life of Riley for a few who have money coming in from other means and it surely is right and proper that those people who work and still claim benefits are sought out and punished but for those jobseekers who have to rely on the jobseeker allowance alone I cannot imagine that there are many who would rather stay on benefits instead of returning to work.

And when it comes to Incapacity Benefit which is currently claimed by millions we must remember that the sole reason that there are so many people claiming this and not Jobseeker’s Allowance is that in the early 90’s after the last major recession the job centers were directed by those who pull the strings to move long term jobseeker claimants from the dole to that benefit purely so that they could claims that the number of jobless was falling.

It was pure government statistic massaging that caused such a large number of incapacity claimants and the workers at the jobcenter would often ask signers straight out if they had illnesses or injuries which they could then use as a reason to switch them over. The fact that the government is now trying to reduce this number does not excuse them from their past misdeeds and whilst incapcity benefit does pay more than jobseekers it is not so easy to get on as it used to be and unless you like jumping through hoops like circus lions then a life milking the system for a pittance is not an easy job to spend your life doing.

I for one am happy to admit that I would rather the richest in society pay a lot more before we start attacking those at the bottom. I really don’t understand why we cannot just take over the banks that caused this mess and then just keep them as national assets milking the profits like a big fat cash cow directing them straight into the government coffers to fill them back up.

Yes Labour did spend too much and it definitely wasted a fair few billion on wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that weren’t required and have only served to make our country more unsafe not less. However it was the casino bankers that ignited the big debt stink bomb and whilst we would have been in a far better condition to manage if the country wasn’t already loaded up with debt the banks were the drug pushers standing outside the school gate pushing cheap easy debt onto every passer by and then using the careful savers money to throw huge win only bets on the biggest bookie in town i.e the stock exchange.

I for one want to see hundreds of bankers jumping from Canary Wharf due to their bonuses being confiscated to pay for housing benefit for immigrants before I would support a wholescale dismantlment of the welfare state. Once there are enough suits in the Thames to create the Isle of Barclays and only if the profits from the banks over a good few years are not enough to fill the void then I would support a re-arrangment of our welfare state.

First however I would want Ian Duncan Smith and David Cameron to spend a month living in a bedsit in Aldershot with only jobseekers allowance before I would accept any moralising about benefits being too generous. I dare anyone to try it before attacking me for my liberal or socialist outlook. One day you too might need some help from the state.

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One Response to “The Tories Wet Dream”

  1. Gavin Powers Says:

    Couldn’t have said it better myself. In fact, mid-way through reading that, I started to believe I had written it! I thought it was something I’d published online and forgotten about! Well said anyway!

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