Tuesday, 1 November 2011
Benefits to be cut for Criminals - Pros and cons
Those who commit crimes will have their benefits cut.
"Hear, Hear!" he would have said briefly looking up from his Star Wars cards. He was a little more right wing than I am with an immovable belief in the letter of the law and his superiors. He was the voice that wanted to see martial law declared during the riots, deployment of live rounds against the Student protests...
He was thoroughly odious person at times - I'm no longer that person, although I sometime hear his voice.
The Government proposal to cut benefits from criminals sounds like the policy he would have written.
The policy plays to a populist bandwagon of people who watched the riots and wanted action and retribution. It shows the government are listening and the state will strike with vengeance to show the criminal masses there is a cause and consequence and you will pay for your crimes and hit them where it hurts - their wallets.
As I said though, I'm not him anymore. A few questions have been raised.
* Benefits are there to help the poor, not just to pay the utility bills but also to support the families and their children. In Medway we have seen a rise in the amount of children going into care and a rising cost to the tax payer and to local councils. By taking away an adult's benefits you will also be effecting their children and families. The Innocent will suffer with the guilty. Can the Conservatives really back potentially taking food out of the mouthes of children?
Yet again the Government seem to be pushing through a popular policy that will get support but without much thought for who will suffer or the consequences. Might be time to "Stop, listen and think again."