This list is ‘in progress’ I will update it if I see any more equally stupid comments. Feel free to send me a tweet @miss_mcinerney if you ever see any.
Every year I watch Conservative Conference and every year I find myself shouting at the telly in a vain attempt of educating rich people about how poverty actually works, and not because I ever lived in deep poverty but because I lived around it for a good amount of my life and I bothered to pay attention. I wish politicians would do the same. [NB: Obviously some rich people do understand. Unfortunately they just don't seem to do a good job of passing the message to the ones in power]
A List of Things Rich People Never Understand:
All these people on benefits can pay for Sky – OR you have a fake Sky card (yes, they exist) or you do what one member of a nearby street did and have one person in the road collect subs off everyone and then you run a wire through the houses that connects each person’s box. OR, you think to yourself “I can’t afford hardly anything in terms of leisure – it costs a tenner to go the cinema, and DVDs are expensive, so I’ll get Sky and that will keep all the members of my family happy for about £1.50 a day”
People on benefits choose to be unemployed – What, all of them? Most of them? And if so, if people on benefits really enjoy making this choice, why will that change if you take the benefits away? Some rich people say: “Then they’d have no choice but to work”. Except, that’s not true. Instead of working I could choose to burgle people’s houses and sell their stuff at Cash Convertors. I could choose to nick razors, meat and coffee from the local shop and sell it in the pub. I could choose to squat, I could choose to forfeit all my bills and spend years avoiding going to court before eventually saying that I will pay everything back at £2 a week and then start the process all over again. I could start a loan sharking business, I could take cash-in-hand jobs, I could sell drugs. Rich people never seem to understand that if you take away benefits you don’t take away all choice, you take away one choice, the most decent choice, and in doing so the choices that open up are almost always far more damaging to society than having people be on benefits.
All these people on benefits are walking around in fancy designer clothes – Okay wealthy-people-wearing-real-Ralph-Lauren, listen up. There are five ways this happens: (1) The designer gear is fake – quite likely, (2) The designer gear was acquired from ‘the back of a lorry or a pub’ – medium likely, (3) The clothing was bought by a parent who gave up eating for a week in order that their child wouldn’t be the only one in the local area laughed at for not wearing designer clothes -happens more than you think, (4) They were bought before the person lost their job or bought with the money they got in redundancy – again, happens more than you think, (5) They are real and were bought at full price while on benefits – true about 5% of the time.
My dad/grandad/long-lost-uncle-bob toiled against the odds to make the person I am today, and these people on benefits should do that too – Good for you. Most people’s parents toiled to make them the person they are today but maybe they just didn’t get so rich. Having worked as McDonald’s counter staff and as a management consultant for a top 4 firm I can tell you which one was harder work and which one made me richer. Note: they weren’t the same job. Furthermore, your statement actually shows that there are circumstances beyond the individual which matter. You say that your success is down to your parents? Great. What if your parents had been crack-dealing abusers and so you spent the first twenty years of your life protecting your younger siblings from them while also trying to frighten the bailifs away from your door? Do you think during all of that you would have been excelling at your GCSEs? Would you have been developing a congenial attitude to being told what to do by a boss? Because I’m thinking that if I was in that situation I’d have been learning how to fight every last person in authority who, as far as I could see, was just another person in a long line of adults letting me down. Yes, some people overcome these circumstances. Yes, more support should be available for people who have gone through so much they can’t easily get a job, and no, I’m not suggesting that someone’s childhood is a reason to be on benefits. But this sort of “my dad did” argument is not a reason for people not to be on benefits either. It’s a story, not a policy.
How come all these people on benefits have a flat screen TV? Because Brighthouse only has flatscreens. And if you don’t know what Brighthouse is, google it.
Right, that’s it, if you see any more daft comments, do let me know.