It’s now been revealed that £12bn worth of welfare cuts will be included in next month’s budget, with even more rolled out in the autumn spending review.
Such cuts are based on nothing more than the Tory myth that poverty is a choice which people can be scared or starved out of. Osborne’s logic appears to be that if the Tories make life for poor people insufferable, they will simply choose to be well-off. As such, poverty is a lifestyle choice or a moral failing.
Nor does anyone “choose” to be disabled. Or to belong to a social class, gender or ethnic group which has been economically oppressed for centuries by the establishment.
Nor do unemployed people choose to not be in jobs which simply do not exist.
Boris: “Why aren’t you, why aren’t you even standing? That’s the question we all want to know.”
Nicholas: “Because I’m in a wheelchair.”