a reply to: MountainLaurel
MountainLaurel, here's my views followed by hopes and fears:
The UK desparately needs BREXIT in order to change the public's mindset from "the state will look after us" to "We all need to work to improve our
joint standard of living".
Why do so many want to immigrate to the UK? In my view, because they can get jobs that the British are too lazy to do - and if they can't then they
will still have their rent, household white goods paid for and money for food and bills. If they get in debt they can simply tell those they owe that
they can't pay and the court will say "Just pay £1 a week until it's paid off, we will stop your creditors adding any interest".
Don't get me wrong, as my mother was an immigrant... i'm just saying it's reached the point of being too enticing!
The real problem is the UK citizens... there is a growing class of 2nd and even 3rd generation who leave school with NO intent of working as they know
the state will work for them (they blind themselves to the taxpayers who fund it). Example; I know several teenage girls, daughters of friends, who
left school and got pregnant at 16 to 18 because that puts them to the top of the social housing list. Then when they want a 2 bedroom flat they have
another, then when they want a house they have a third. Then, with no motivation in life, they binge drink, serially date or allow boyfriends to
cohabit. Meanwhile the growing number of pensioners are pushed down the priority list for housing and end up in homes that milk the government for
thousands a week.
The overall effect of the above is that less and less people are paying for more and more of a social burden. As I approach retirement the government
will have to start robbing from our private pensions to pay the pensions of those who have never worked... total Idiocracy! I've worked out recently
that I'm already paying for free living for 3 unkown familes, as 1 of only 30% of the working population who are net contributors to the state.
MY HOPE is that a (preferably hard) BREXIT will shock the UK mentality into a Pseudo-warlike footing, where everyone works hard to make sure we
survive as a nation and keep our heads above water.
Certainly, in the short term post-brexit, I would expect a tightening of the purse strings in the social welfare budget. This will help change the
mentality pretty quickly. As when we were broke after the 2nd World War, a dose of food stamps and rationing may be necessary (I hope not but...). We
pulled together quickly after the 2nd World War and both our standard of living and our wealth improved... I want a similar effect, just WITHOUT THE
MY FEARS? Well the ultimate is that Europe goes to war with the UK as the only way to avoid IT's collapse. More minor fears are that my ability to
work globally gets more constrained to the UK... and who will lose out? Those 3 families.
In summary, I think a large section of the UK population has literally turned into SHEEP, waiting to be corralled and fed twice daily. Attempting to
raise our social welfare safetynet too high is on the verge of destroying our society.
RIDER - I DO expect a society to help and look after those who are unable, through disability or illness. This does not include those teenage girls
who deliberately get pregnant but are unable to look after their child without full state funding. It does not include the 41 year old male I know who
hasn't worked in 15 years, spends all his state money on booze and drugs and relies on female friends to feed him... the same guy was called in for a
state "review" meeting and refused to go unless they paid for a taxi as he didn't want to be seen on a bus.
Yours, exasperated and flabbergasted yet hopeful for change.
edit on 24-9-2018 by RelSciHistItSufi because: (no reason given)