Taxing questions

I go to work.  My partner goes to work.  We get money for going to work.  Some of the money we earn gets taken away by the Government to run the society we live in.

Apparently, you can earn £53 a week by opting to not go to work.  The people who earn this £53 don’t pay tax on it.  Well, understandably, since we are all allowed to earn nearly £10,000 before we pay taxes. Anything above the £10,000 and we get 20% taken away from us to pay for stuff that isn’t ours.

At no point do us lot having to go to work to earn money get given £53 a week cash in hand pocket money to do with what we wish.  So, in that context, we are already £53 a week down on those who don’t go to work.

Apparently, £53 a week is just about what you need in order to survive with the bare essentials in life, having paid for your electricity and gas, etc.

Apparently, surviving on £53 a week is what a large number of people are moaning they just cannot do.

I’m confused.

Looking at a sample of the local Liverpool scallies, I note that all have a phone that is constantly connected to Blackberry Messaging or Facebork as they stroll the street carrying their cans of lager.  At home they enjoy the latest games consoles with the latest games, or sit around watching the match on Sky Sports.  Most nights they’ll enjoy the latest takeaway with three or four spliffs as dessert, and they’ll always dress in the very latest black ‘uniform de scally’ made by North Face.  All of this is apparently paid for out of the £53 a week they are getting.

I mean, right, that’s the only income they’ve got, isn’t it? Isn’t it?

So, my confusion is over what is essential and what is a luxury.  Should their free money be paying for Sky, their broadband, their cigarettes, dope and alcohol?  Is a takeaway an ‘essential’?  Those items seem a bit of a luxury to me.

Essentials should include warmth, food and water.  What else is essential?  Surely a subscription to Sky isn’t.

I was listening to a caller to a local radio phone-in.  She was moaning that the local Job Centre refused her a crisis loan.  She’d spent her hand-out money on a Sky subscription which had left her bank empty.  Angrily she asked how was she supposed to feed her daughter for the next two weeks.  Quite rightly the radio host pointed out that her daughter should have come first before she signed up to Sky.  Instinctively she retorted with, “What am I supposed to do, just sit here looking at a blank screen all day?”

Erm, no!  Firstly, feeding your kids comes first.  Secondly, you should be far too busy searching for a job to have time to watch television ‘all day’.  And thirdly, television, even Freeview (which costs, since you have to pay for the TV licence if nothing else), cannot be an essential, ever.  But, that’s the scrounger mentality for you. Take take take.

For every story like this one, there seem to be others of people who genuinely are facing hardship, and its a hardship not of their own making.  My heart goes out to the genuine ones.  However, it’s sometimes hard to see them in the sea of scroungers around them.  There are so many of those scroungers that view hardship as not having the latest Sky package.  How can this be?

Now, either these people have an additional undeclared income, or there’s something not quite the same going on.  Something isn’t right with this picture, is it?

How can some people, usually the older and genuinely infirm, be struggling whilst the younger ones are living a life of luxuries, all on exactly the same £53 a week?

It was interesting reading that when invited to attend an assessment interview, over 800,000 decided to take themselves off invalidity / incapacity benefits rather than bother to turn up to the interview.  Also, a further 800,000 were found to be fit for work.


The evidence seems to support the premise that we have bred a set of scroungers.  Sadly, these are masking the genuinely needy, and costing us a fortune.

Now of course, those who don’t want us to actually look at this obscene abuse will shout and scream about other abuse.  This is classic distraction technique.  Corporations and millionaires are not contributing to the finance of the country, yes, but we are talking about the Universal Credit scroungers right now, not the others.  Let’s deal with one set of abusers at a time.

These screaming banshees who are now hurling abuse at the Government and its Ministers are being herded into action by those who like to think of them as the sheep they can command at will in their fight to destroy society.

But the majority aren’t listening to the out of touch agitators.