As the BBC reports, Iain Duncan Smith has said that wealthy elderly people who do not need benefit payments to help with fuel bills or free travel should voluntarily return the money to the authorities.
The Work and Pensions Secretary has told the Sunday Telegraph that he would ‘encourage’ people who do not need such financial support ‘to hand it back’.
Well that should do it! Thanks very much, Iain.
For decades the political class in this country has served its own interests, with naked bribes to voters in return for being able to enjoy the trappings of power. The cost of welfare and the other promises that make up many of these bribes is largely responsible for the staggering level of borrowing and the horrific debt this country simply cannot repay.
Once again reality meets political expediency and instead of doing the right thing by British taxpayers Ministers are trying to do the best thing for their own electoral prospects while doing contortions to appease the plethora of bodies constructed by the transnational overlords and follow rules everyone else avoids.
Collectively this is why the government doesn’t get serious about only spending our money on essential services and supporting the vulnerable people in our society. This is why our money gets spent supporting overseas based families of migrants who have contributed barely anything to the pot in the short time they have been in the UK. This is why now hear the government enthusiastically ‘plays by the rules’ in forking over hundreds of millions of pounds for healthcare costs for UK nationals treated overseas, while permitting the NHS to fail to keep accurate records of foreign nationals treated here under the services British taxpayers fund, so we only get back a fraction of what we are due for use of our overstretched resources.
The government could slash taxes, but instead it chooses to hoover up our money so it offer some of it back in credits and benefits in return for votes. Too many voters don’t understand that while they are being given these bribes with one hand, they are crumbs from the table as much more is siphoned off and wasted on administration and diverted for spending on things people do not support. The government could rejuvinate the economy and reduce borrowing dramatically if it simply let people keep more of their own money and spend it on what they want, rather than fritter it away on boondoggles, wheezes, special interests and these disgraceful, self serving bribes. But it won’t because if it controls the money it controls everything. It can build the insipid client state and increase the size of government to justify the ever worsening kleptocracy that has developed.
Voting for any of the political parties is an endorsement of the continuation of this scandalous behaviour. Voting for any of the political parties props up the faux democracy that exists in this country. It does not result in change. It results in the electorate and taxpayers continuing to be treated with ever more contempt.
What we need is not a reshuffle of the deck chairs, nor a rotation of faces who are all committed to perpetuating the same corrupt system that holds sway in this country. We need a complete overhaul of the system, to bring about real democracy where control and decision making rests with the people and where the executive serves the people rather than dictates to them. We need a genuine revolution. The potential alternatives to this, borne of desperation and anger, are too awful to contemplate.
We need real change. It will never be realised by playing the political class’ game and using their rules – and that includes the charade of traipsing to polling stations to vote for the least worst option in the certain knowledge that on the major, substantive issues nothing will change. They will continue to take their steer from unelected, unaccountable, self selecting entities instead of us, the people they are supposed to serve and whose wishes they are supposed to execute. It is time for people to assert themselves and take the power back.
We have to define the game and set the rules that should be used. We have an outline of how they should look. Now we need people to consider how they can be realised. In the meantime, while that discussion takes place and the approach is refined, we need to withdraw our consent by refusing to play their game and refusing to heed their desperate attempts for validation as they plead for people to use their vote. Don’t feed the beast.