The "minimum wage bus" telling people what they are worth
Will Straw has just proudly distributed a link to a report from the Institute of Fiscal Studies in the vain hope that some think tank blurb will convince voters that poor people are better off under Labour. I presume in the vain hope that poor people will vote Labour. Do have a read. I doubt many poor people will.
Poverty in the UK is a myth. Nobody dies of starvation anymore. There are no work houses. Instead, a combination of the minimum wage and massive State benefits means that we have an idle poor, trapped between a rock and a hard place.
Whilst they sit at home belching Stella and watching Jeremy Kyle, paid for by you and me, the fields are full of Poles and Latvians earning money and sending it back home to their families. We have entire generations of Britons who will never know work because they don't need it and don't want it.
I have no problem with people not working, just don't ask me to pay for it. If a Pole can travel 700 miles to pick carrots, is it really asking too much that Dazza climbs out of his PS3 wanking pit and earns his own beer money?
Well, to a Labour politician, yes it is.
13 years of a "socialist" government and do we actually have any real socialism for the "people"? Do we have jobs for life? Pensions? Public housing? Steel mills and factories? The East Germans were the envy of the Soviet bloc and once reached the dizzy heights of the 8th richest nation in Europe. Sure they had to put up the state intruding into every minutae of their lives, but so do we.
So where are the benefits for the British "working Man" that Socialism should have brought him, bruvvers?
None. You are too lowly skilled to earn the minimum wage, because we set the minimum wage, so you can't work. So stay at home. Here's some money, sit down, watch the telly and be thankful for Socialism. All your life, comrade. Now, we can't offer you a job, a house or a pension. We can't offer you cheap public transport and two weeks holiday on the Black Sea, or solidarity with your comrades, or cheap vodka and fags to make it bearable, like our Soviet friends did, we just want you to go back to your living rooms and stay there. Forever.
We need to set the poor free. Handing them endless benefits just enslaves them to poverty and the all powerful State even more.
And as if by magic, Mandelson says...