From Elsewhere: The Labour Party, its shroudwaving and the ‘ill-fare’ state

This is an excellent post from A Very British Dude on the need to reform Britain’s benefit system.

He said:

“The Labour party in parliament has been parading the sob-stories of the halt and lame, some of whom are genuine victims of bureaucratic bungling by ATOS or others. All bureaucracies make mistakes, and there will be teething troubles with any new system. But many of whom are simply people who’ve become entitled to a big house provided at public expense, even though they no longer need it, and who are complaining to a Labour MP, who finds their complaint politically appealing. Labour don’t see, despite clear polling evidence, how the working public feel about their neighbours whom they’re supporting. The left needs to stop shroud waving. Labour had 13 years in power, yet sidelined the one man, Hutton, who seemed to want to get to grips with the thicket of benefits. The conclusion that the client state it created was simply too useful is difficult to ignore. IDS’s plans aren’t demonising the poor. Some people (not all, or even most but SOME) benefits recipients are “shirkers”, which is in any case a word rarely if ever used by him.”

Read the rest of this excellent article here:

Well said, Labour could have reformed the welfare system to make it more fair to those who pay for it and more effective for those who use it.  They chose not to do this, and instead squeezed ever more money from taxpayers and borrowed excessively, in order to keep millions in thrall to benefits instead of helping them find work and self worth.


2 Comments on "From Elsewhere: The Labour Party, its shroudwaving and the ‘ill-fare’ state"

  1. Didn’t at the start of the Labour Government, they asked Frank Field to look at the subject, the expression was ‘blue skies thinking’ and the Labour Party had certain issues with Mr Field’s suggestions. I think the main problem was that they would have actually helped people.

    • Fahrenheit211 | March 18, 2013 at 10:00 pm |

      I think Frank Field was asked to ‘think the unthinkable’ regarding welfare but you are correct Field’s proposals would have got people of benefits and into work and responsibility.

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