A reflection by my friend Chris on recent reports of the increase in poverty in the UK. The comments section is where I chip in…
image from The Guardian
There have been a series of stories in the press over the past few months, setting an agenda that goes something like this;
Austerity is necessary, we all need to pull in our belts for the sake of the nation
Poverty is avoidable if you work hard. Only those who are lazy live in poverty
We can not afford to continue to pay benefits to scroungers
It is the working ‘squeezed middle’ we need to feel sorry for- those people whose taxes are being used to buy easy lifestyles to people on benefits
This blame the poor attitude is pervasive and seems to play remarkably well- giving us someone to blame, easy scapegoats for the economic woes that assail the nation. Never mind the facts.
We already know that the rich are getting richer.
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