posted on Nov, 18 2013 @ 04:45 AM
reply to post by thekaboose
The thing is, this is the view that we are constantly being force fed about people on benefits - sensationalist stories with the specific aim of
demonising all benefit recipients. For every person like your 'friend' there are literally hundreds of people receiving benefits because they have
no alternative, but of course their stories go untold and unreported because it portrays a quite different picture; a picture of people who have no
hope and no future.
A little bit north of where I live there is a town that was dependant on the coal mine. Despite being acknowledged as a profitable mine it shut down
in 1993. There has been absolutely zero investment in that town since and it has the highest unemployment and disability rate in the country. Of
course some people are playing the system, but the system has screwed them over royally and they have no alternative but to claim benefits - what
would you have them do?
It is getting so that we are now seeing the third generation of some families go on benefits.
This generation knows nothing different.
It is a failing of society - or to be more precise the politicians, bankers, industrialists etc who run this country.
Or maybe it is part of the plan - demonise sections of society and provoke an atmosphere and environment of fear and distrust.
We already have people working for what is not much more than a pittance, food banks springing up all over the place etc.
How long till we see workhouses, debtors prisons etc - all whilst those at the top continue to make record and obscene amounts of money and the
country is bled dry by privately and foreign owned companies?
However, and it is a big however, I've got to say that I agree with a lot of what Adam Simmonds has to say.
A very small minority of families do tend to be the cause of much of the crime committed within our communities and this seems to be a recurrent trend
passed from generation to generation. And one thing is pretty clear, both current and past policies are not working. It's just I'm not sure this
'boot camp' option is the right solution - it's the thin edge of the wedge and could easily be abused.