Wednesday, November 07, 2012

The Coalition's Determination To Create A Vagabond Class

While one can only praise any attempt to improve child welfare, how the coalition will actually improve the lot of any teenager leaving the care system by stripping of them of their entitlement to Housing Benefit for no reason other than that they are a teenager is beyond me. 

To my mind, this is another policy which suggests that the government is intent on creating a vagabond class, a drift in direction which became apparent after the riots of 2011. It does not seem to matter to them that taking this sort of policy to its natural conclusion would lead to the creation of 'cardboard cities' and Indian style shanty towns whose inhabitants would to all intents and purposes become a caste of untouchables, universally considered unfit for any but the most menial type of work yet always a useful scapegoat for all of society's ills. 

Although I'm sure many Conservative MPs are not in the habit of original thought (I'm sure some of them do have original thoughts from time to time, but don't make a habit of it; not really the sharpest knives in the box, a lot of them, even some of the ones with firsts), it should be obvious, even to them, they you can't keep pushing people without some of them eventually pushing back. But they don't get this. The atrophy of their critical capacities engendered by years of exposure to partisanship and ideology now causes them not merely to fail to understand but to be incapable of understanding that you have to make an effort to live with your neighbours in peace, even when they're poorer than you are and have had a harder start in life than you have. The fury, the rage, with which they seem to wish to attack their neighbours by actively making their lives more difficult through quasi-penal reforms of the benefits system, or else by conducting psychological warfare on your neighbour by constantly threatening such quasi-penal reforms, means that they must be asked whether they actually want to live in peace with their neighbours, because to my eyes a lot of them don't seem to want to. 

And if they don't want to live in peace with their neighbours, why are they in politics?

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