Prompted by a blog post this week from MN Blogger Sonya Cisco, and this opinion piece by BlogFest panellist Zoe Williams, for our first blog-prompt of the New Year we thought we'd ask for your thoughts on the current debate around benefits cuts.
According to both Sonya and Zoe, politicians have deliberately encouraged us to think of people as either 'skivers' or 'strivers' in order to pit people on low incomes against one another - and to divert attention from the fact that the economy simply can't provide enough jobs.
Do you agree with them? And if not - why not? Post your URLs here if you blog - or, if you haven't got a blog (why not? ) do tell us what you think here on the thread.
swallowedAfly - there isn't a choice about the rubbish collection - there is nowhere to put our rubbish if it isn't collected daily. High density apartment living is cheaper in many ways but not on the rubbish collection front!
wasn't a problem in the suburb my sister was living in last. we have areas with high density apartment living here - hell we have whole estates of high rises that wouldn't aspire to calling their accommodation 'apartments' but generate just as much rubbish.
the fact is they believe in giving people work and using that to provide services rather than paying long term unemployment or giving free labour to supermarkets.
there are residential streets in the town centre of my nearest middle england town that are literally overflowing with rubbish and have rat infestations. 2 and 3 bed terraces that used to accommodate familes now have no reception rooms and house 5 or 6 or more adults and yet still only have their rubbish collected fortnightly. no bins as there are no front gardens so just bin bags piled on the streets. there is honestly plenty of justification for increasing bin collection.
oh and those are the streets that used to also house factories - each of those factories have been turned into apartment buildings creating, obviously, even more refuse without storage space. people who live on those streets despite owning permits can literally end up parking 20minute walks away from their home. just trying to give you an idea of the density of living here. unlike paris we haven't invested in underground parking for every apartment building.
to be fair we invest in nothing. just look at the trains you have there. i'd catch a train from the suburbs to central paris and it would be double decker and god knows how many carriages long.
tomorrow i have a conference in london. when i get the train home you can bet there will be 4 carriages, single story obviously and packed to the rafters - literally standing with your face crammed in someone's armpit.
there is SO much we could create employment and industry for if we were willing to invest in infrastructure in this country.
There was a good programme on about Spain recently - massive investment all over the shop and now near bankruptcy. There had been spend spend spend. Labour did a bit of that just before they came out of power but thankfully not quite as much.
We are doing some kind of state subsidy of new house building in the uK and there is this new train line thing. The Coalition have listened to the IMF in part.
But the IMF have warned Osborne to cut down/slow the austerity measures Xenia? He hasn't listen, obv, but he has been warned. Why dont we adopt the approach of countries who have faired better in the aftermath of the global recession?
badvoc because that would mean telling their pals their bankers to feck off and pay their own debts or pay back the govt for their bail out as a priority over bonuses. strangely enough the tory boys aren't up for that.
Yeah. Funny, that Only 2 more years til another election. Lib dems are finished as a political party now, so a choice between labour and Tory. Wonder if Ed will still be at the helm? Or Dave for that matter...
The Coalition has done some spending, taken IMF advice.
As for skivers and strivers it has been a hugely topical and popular issue as most of those who work hard seem pretty fed up with those who choose not to work and the fact that work often does not pay for people is a problem we have not yet solved.
it does serve a purpose wannabe - it serves a propaganda purpose of not improving the lot of those who are complaining but offering them a sacrifical lamb to feel superior to/better off than. that is the only purpose sadly. winning the votes of people naive enough to think their problems are caused by disabled people and dole bludgers rather than people above them creaming multi million pound profits.
seriously - scroungers - being called scroungers by men who claim everything from their sky bill to their rent to their lunch on 'expense accounts' on top of their 60k basic salaries. that's a real 'sense of entitlement'.