posted on Feb, 2 2012 @ 09:41 AM
reply to post by slinkey10
In the past people marched demanding the right to work. That’s not what’s happening here. What is being demanded here is the right to a
lifestyle equivalent to that of a working family (a better lifestyle even) without the whole inconvenient little work thing getting in the way.
The majority of the working population in this country do actually work and we each have a punitively high tax bill because of these shenanigans. A
couple with children with one earning average salary (say £25k) and the other part time pro rata, pay tax, national insurance, and council tax
before they look at allocating the remainder to actually live. That means a couple working say 56 hours a week between them have way less to live on
than Raymond & Co. (circa £30k with which to pay rent/mortgage, food, utilities, transport, clothing, How’s that family’s moral doing? It’s a
smack in the face.
Raymond & Co are not so exceptional....given their housing benefit amounts to £76 per week you might say that his is a more modest example of how
insidious this problem actually is (given the exorbitant rents paid to private landlords with housing benefit under the present system).
It’s the system that’s shot. ...and certainly wasn’t only the Tory governments who shot it. Labour got off a good few good rounds too. All
through their time in government jobs were created but mostly in the public sector. My personal pet hate in regard to their policy is the much hailed
‘tax credit’ which ensures employers can continue to pay lower than a living wage.
I have a large gas/electricity provider’s head office not far from here. That office employs literally thousands of people working 3 shifts a day
24/7. That company declares annual profits in the billions. That company is causing real financial pain to its customers who have to pay exorbitant
bills. That company pays the majority of its staff minimum wage. Most of that company’s staff claim tax credits. Why is the government
subsidising this profitable company’s wages bill?
Successive governments have turned a blind eye to what’s been going on. They’ve been that busy telling us we’ve ‘never had it so good’ and
massaging the figures and reality to suit that they long ago forgot that there’s a real live country out here – with real live people – who know
We need a reality check. If we don’t acknowledge the problems exist we can’t tackle them.
BTW the OP cites today's BBC News as the source of Raymond's tale of woe not the Daily Mail.