You know, just every once in a while I come across some left wing loony spouting complete and utter bollocks and the steam starts to pour out of my ears. Yesterday was just one such occasion.
The well know bunch of lefties at the Institute for Fiscal Studies published a report on child poverty. They reckon that there are currently one in five children in this country living below the poverty line and that this is rapidly rising to one in four.
On the BBC news, an ‘expert’ from the IFS was droning on about how the last wonderful New Labour government – you remember; the one that dropped us all in this crock of shit in the first place – was tackling this important issue and that now the wicked coalition was in power they were undoing all Labour’s great work by cutting expenditure too quickly. What a cunt!
If that wasn’t bad enough, he went on and on about the poor cheeeeldren who get bullied at school because they have to wear their older siblings second hand clothes, and how middle class families were going to be about £2,000 a year worse off by the end of 2014, and how 400,000 more cheeeeldren will be in ‘relative’ poverty by the end of 2014.
Well, this is all bollocks, isn’t it?
Poverty is not when you can’t afford to put petrol in your car. Poverty is when you can’t afford to buy one in the frst place.
Poverty is not about having to prune your shopping budget. Poverty is when you can’t afford to eat.
Poverty is not about your children wearing hand me downs. Poverty is when they have no shoes on their feet.
Poverty is not about when you have to cut down on cigarettes, beer, eating out and holidays. Poverty is about when you can’t afford them at all.
The poverty line in this country is defined as when the income of a family with one child AFTER tax and National Insurance falls below around £15,000 per annum. Given that the minimum wage is £230 a week my message to these people is that two full time working people can’t earn less than £23,000 per annum so one of you needs to get off your arse and go to work to support your kids.
And here’s another message for you : Don’t have kids unless you can afford to support them in the first place.
And while we’re bleating on about the poor squeezed litle middle Englanders, let’s remember that these are the people who were given a massive income hike when the interest rates were cut on their mortgages.
Never mind the families who are going to be £2,000 a year worse off. Let’s spare a thought for the older generation who can’t afford heating bills. The ones who have saved all their lives so they could have a comfortable retirement and find their pension funds decimated and the income from their savings slashed.
Child poverty, my arse!…