As David Cameron give us the “bigger picture”, we might seriously begin to wonder if we inhabit the same planet “ The bigger picture is that today, one in six children in Britain is living in a workless household – one of the highest rates in Europe,” he informs us, and that is why housing benefits for families with four or more children have to be cut.
Of course, there is no point informing David that these families have no alternative in his neo-liberal world where real jobs are at a premium. What about birth control? Well, not even an option as the kids are, for the most part, already there and even if David does go down the China road and introduce forced abortions …. well, it would all take a little time to take effect. No, drastic solutions are called for now.
Therefore, the other group to be targeted are those young people under the age of 25, who will have their housing benefits slashed. They will be encouraged to live with their parents. Strange, strange, and, of course, we might indeed ask what responsibility a parent has for a young adult over the age of 21. Still, David needs the numbers, after all, there are figures to be tackled. For instance, that the state spends approximately £2 billion a year on housing benefit for under 25s? Or in other words, a minute fraction of the money spent on David’s chums in the City.
Yes, back in “Blighty”, and back in a thoroughly strange world, where 24-year-old adults are becoming a parental responsibility, where people are marginalised for not finding that mysterious job which doesn’t, in fact, exist, where a pompous “Old Etonian” criticises talks about parasites living off the state when his parasitical mates in the City suck the country dry and the weird Windsor family lord it over all and sundry.