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That's a strong point to make F451 - I couldn't articulate it myself try as I might. It seems wrong to say, 'Well your lot couldn't do any better, so we'll stick with the current regime until something better comes along.'
Strangely it never does if things are left up to politicians. I think genuine social change (the phrase isn't used often enough) is driven by ordinary people from the ground up. Our political leaders are ultimately shaped by us, not the other way around.
And let's not forget that most benefits claimants are in work. IDS is relying on lazy stereotypes to lull people to sleep. He can't be allowed to get away with that.
Dogsbody - It depends how much store you set by manifestos. I've read Labour's 50-point housing manifesto and it specifically says that the bedroom tax should be ended. http://bit.ly/1r6QICI 'Should' doesn't mean will though, as I think we all know.
As for the other things you've mentioned, Mr Ed has laid out his plans for this. Labour says it will introduce a statutory minimum wage linked to average earnings. But no - he hasn't set an exact figure. Labour isn't in power, so it can't possibly do that. And if it tried the end result would be a savaging from the Tories via the Daily Mail. That's not how you play the politics game.
Funny how everyone now uses the Americanism: 'welfare spending'. There's a strong clue in there about where such ideas come from!
But perhaps that's your strongest point, because we have a neoliberal consensus in England (at least amongst career politicians) which suggests 'there's no money available for that.' I wonder where our taxes are going then. Labour has no commitment to increase state benefits, and I suspect quite a few Tory policies will not be revoked.
Well said, eyeinthesky. It's about time people stood up to these people instead of complying with them at at every turn. In any case, complicity is counterproductive because it will eventually lead to the removal of social housing.
The novelist TH White (a wise man if ever there was one) wrote that wars are waged over nothing at all because they are always about land boundaries.
If you were a bird, flying over the Earth, you would notice that no such boundaries exist. We all live in our fantasy worlds - and kill each other for the privilege.
And so it is with IDS and his fantasies.
'Creative' is a profoundly irritating word when used by people who have never made anything in their lives. Apart from a mess.
I give him a year before he moves on to his next job opportunity in Britain Plc. - 18 months max.
I can hear whole armies of grandmothers furiously sucking eggs.
Export your tired and huddled masses to the Tory shires and await the consequences!
A pity British citizens don't register their concern more loudly.
It's a junior role, and clearly not taken very seriously. Next stop another department!