Divert, Divide, Distract and Demonize – The Tory doctrine of hatred of those with least in society

Posted: November 24, 2014 in Uncategorized
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Arch-psychopath, minister Iain Duncan Smith’s Department for Work and Pensions  (DWP) has launched a new propaganda scapegoating “advertising” campaign encouraging people to phone a hotline if they suspect somebody they know is fraudulently claiming benefits. {https://www.gov.uk/government/news/campaign-says-no-compromise-in-crackdown-on-benefit-fraud}

I’m sure that serious fraudulent claimants inform their friends and neighbours of their every activity, including holidays, sleeping arrangements, moments of intimacy and all of their benefit payment details, all the time, so that makes sense…

non-entity Tory scumbag Mark Harper said: “Those who cheat the system need to know we will use everything in our power to stop them stealing money from hardworking taxpayers.”  

Yet we know that there isn’t a real distinction between benefit claimants andhard-working taxpayers, as the Tories would have us believe.

Many people on benefits are also in work, but are not paid a sufficient wage on which to live!

Most people claiming benefits, including disabled people, have worked and contributed income tax previously.

It’s worth bearing in mind that the poorest citizens, including people claiming benefits, pay proportionally more indirect taxes than the wealthiest citizens.

The strivers / skivers rhetoric is simply a divert, divide and scapegoating strategy.

Growing social inequality generates a political necessity for prejudices.

The real cost of out-of-work benefits is over-estimated in relation to the welfare bill for pensions and in-work benefits such as tax credits and housing benefit, obscuring the increasing role that the British state plays in subsidising the scandalously low wages paid by increasingly exploitative employers, in order to meet a minimum standard of living for the hard-working.

The hard-working taxpayer myth is founded on a false dichotomy, since it is estimated that around 70% of households claim benefits of one kind or another at some point in their lives.

In the current climate of low pay, no pay, poor working conditions, zero hours contracts, job insecurity, and high living costs, the myth of an all pervasive welfare-dependent  something for nothing culture is being used to foster prejudice and resentment towards those unfortunate enough to be out of work.

It also serves to bolster right-wing justification narratives that are entirely ideologically driven, which are aimed at dismantling the welfare state.

 

 

 

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