A world in economic crisis

The irresponsible welfare state

Posted in United Kingdom, welfare state by Aussie on February 16, 2010

Great Britain is my ancestral home (even though I am born in Australia). My ancestors come from England, Scotland, Ireland and Saxony (Germany). My ancestors never knew Great Britain under conditions of the welfare state. In fact one of my ancestors earned herself a free one way ticket to Van Dieman’s land because she stole clothing three times in Dublin, Queen’s County, Ireland. The history of Great Britain, prior to the Second World war was one of great poverty – work houses, no benefits for the elderly etc. However, since the Second World War Great Britain followed the example of other European countries by setting up a system where there is:

  • free education
  • free medical
  • pensions
  • housing for people on benefits

Whilst much of this is laudable, there is a cost involved as far as a welfare state is concerned. The government has to pay for these benefits out of the taxes it raises from the people.

By rights everyone should benefit from such a system: when someone becomes unemployed the government is supposed to step in with unemployment benefits. However, the system itself has become inequitable, and as a result of the inequality people who have worked hard, own their own homes, have savings etc., are usually the ones who get knocked back when they seek help because of sudden unemployment. On the other hand there are those who are milking the system, whilst never having worked a day in their lives.

The system is clearly wrong if it allows a woman, who is the mother of 6 children, and who is allegedly separated from her husband to rent an upmarket rental property and receive $80k for rental purposes as well as a further $15k in other benefits. In this story, reported by Times Online, the woman claims that she is “entitled” to live in a 5 bedroom home. She stated that she was living in a 3 bedroom council home but was entitled to a 5 bedroom home, so she found a property via the Internet. Even though she complained about not having much furniture someone must have paid for those purchases that had been arriving during the week. The woman is allegedly separated from her husband, yet her youngest is only 5 months old. Her “husband” is allegedly a lawyer from Derby. Here is the kicker, for she claims that she does not know if he has work. Unreal!!

This woman’s case is typical of the kind of immigrant that the UK has been attracting over the past 10-20 years. This particular immigrant population certainly do believe that they have entitlements, and what is worse, they see the welfare system as a means of getting jizyah. In other words this particular immigrant population know how to game the system. What gives it away for this woman is the fact that she seems to know her “entitlement”, which is another way of saying that she is well versed in the means by which she can game the welfare system. It is hard to believe her story about her husband – if he is a solicitor then he should be paying maintenance for his children. There is the additional problem that 4 of the children have a different name, and if that is the case then the father of those children needs to contribute to their upkeep.

Either way, the UK should not have laws in place that allow welfare recipients to rent millionaire mansions. She should have been able to use bunk beds for the children. She could have boys in one room and girls in the other room but certainly there was no need for her to be hunting down and renting a mansion in a very wealthy district in London. The authorities should not have been authorising her rental of such a property.

The Welfare State in the UK has turned into a joke, and it is that way because the government does not have proper controls in place. On top of the the UK is an example of political correctness gone mad, and it has gone that way because the left in the UK have been bending over backwards in accepting their new dhimmi status. As a result, you have people like the woman who is the main character in the story declaring that she is entitled to have a 5 bedroom house…. too bad that people born in the UK who just happen to be caucasion do not get the same entitlements, and neither do they get the same form of help from the government.

Somebody must pay for the Welfare State and that somebody is the taxpayer. It does not matter if it is a high income taxpayer, or a low income one. They are all paying taxes to the government. The government is responsible for how those taxes are disbursed. Whilst it is ok to support the elderly and those who are disabled, or even those who require temporary help because of illness,  or short term unemployment, it is certainly not ok to encourage long term unemployment, single mothers to keep on having babies etc.  People who are in danger of losing their homes need to be offered alternative accommodation provided by the state and they should be paying the rent – and if there has to be a rent susbidy then it should be set at a median amount, that is adequate for a modest house. Providing accommodation in a mansion should not be an option.

It is this kind of madness that is the underlying reason that the welfare state can only serve to bankrupt the country – whether that county be the UK, Germany, Greece, USA or Australia. Government needs to be held to account for the way in which money is spent on welfare in any country. The Welfare State is just too open to fraud.

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  1. eBook Reviews said, on February 16, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    Well spoken. I have to research more on this as it seems quite interesting.

  2. charlesrowley said, on February 17, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Unfortunately, the only way to prevent a welfare state from becoming corrupt is to prevent it from becoming a welfare state. And that constraint unfortunately is long gone in all Western countries.

    • ozzieaussie said, on February 17, 2010 at 8:03 pm

      As I progress in my own research regarding the causes of stagflation and why we have gone in that direction again, I keep coming back to the Welfare State, and in particular the expansionary policies of Labour and Socialist governments. Angela Merkel has some of those tendencies but she is still a fiscal conservative. This is probably why Germany is stronger today.

  3. Funtoosh said, on March 11, 2010 at 9:19 am

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