David Cameron gave an interview in the Telegraph yesterday (1) and made his position on the poor abundantly clear: you just aren’t worth it, and if you aren’t working then it’s because you are lazy scrounger.
When people say we’ve got to stop our welfare reforms because somehow it is cruel to expect people to work, we are saying no. Getting people into good jobs is absolutely vital, not just for them, but for all of us.
Notice the tricksy language? He is trying to twist the narrative to suggest that demands for an end to the Welfare Reforms being implemented – by a government that was never elected in the first place – is on the basis of trying to make people work who just don’t want to.
Mr Cameron knows that this simply isn’t true, but this is a man on a mission to cut our debts:
So when people say we can slow down on cutting our debts, we are saying no. We can’t win in this world with a great millstone of debt round our necks.
There is no pretense of wanting to deal with poverty in this country any more, despite Mr Cameron’s claims in 2009 that the Tory party were the best party to do this and that there had been a “moral failure” by the previous government. (2) “There is such a thing as society”, he said.Well in Mr Cameron’s ‘Big Society’, the reason for the debts, the financial crisis and poverty are the benefit claiments – the very same poor whom Cameron claimed had been failed: they are, in fact, feckless buggers who do nothing, contribute nothing and aren’t worth the bother of helping because (he wants you to believe) they just dont want to work. He wants you, me, and everyone else to swallow the lie that poor people are poor because they like it that way, that they are a drain on your hard earned money and should be despised and shamed.It is all too easy to believe that we are not really living in the 21st century, but in the 19th century – when the poor where either deserving or un-deserving and that help was only given when that help was worse than the alternative. And this is how this Prime Minister wants to tackle poverty and debt – by attacking the poor and blaming them for all that is wrong with the economy. By treating them like the dog’s doings under his feet.If you believe that the attacks on welfare are unwarranted, immoral and the wrong solution then please sign the War on Welfare petition (3) and lend your support to their campaign. You can visit http://wowpetition.com for further information.