It’s not often I find myself agreeing with a Tory – but it happens sometimes, and I must say I largely agree with Councillor Richard Davies’ comment last week that the simple solution to all Britain’s woes is “less welfare, more prisons”.
It is indeed high time our government stopped doling out hard-earned taxpayer money to criminal spongers – such as transnational corporations and banks. If these institutions had not “abdicated all responsibility for their own welfare, expecting the taxpayer to foot their bill”, and learnt the “distinction between right and wrong”, as Mr Davies correctly points out, Britain would definitely not be in the mess it finds itself today.
And certainly our prisons are under-used. They should be bursting at the seams with all those scoundrels responsible for Britain’s economic collapse, shackled in little orange romper-suits with the quite considerable number of war criminals and other uniformed murderers who still strut around on our streets, perfectly untroubled by the law, or any sense of conscience.
It’s funny isn’t it, that when rioting and looting happens in Iraq, Syria, Egypt or Libya say, we’re told it’s because government has lost its legitimacy in the eyes of the people. But when it happens under our noses, for pretty much the same reason – corrupt government - we’re told it’s because the people “have abdicated all responsibility for their own welfare.”
Mr Davies writes of “decent” people and the “deserving” poor. What outrageous arrogance. Who gets to decide what’s decent? People like Mr Davies? And no one deserves to be poor – except the criminal banksters and corrupt politicians who legitimise their crimes.
Last week we rightly remembered Tom Paine, the greatest Englishman who ever drew breath. He had an opinion on the subject. He wrote: “When the rich plunder the poor of his rights, it becomes an example to the poor to plunder the rich of his property” (Rights of Man p. 378).