There is only one question that needs to be asked in the debate about Welfare Benefits…and that is ‘What can we afford?‘.
When there is ‘no money left’ what can we afford?
That seems to have escaped the BBC who continue to question Coalition welfare reforms and the need for them on the basis that we have an endless supply of money.
The BBC et al ask only ‘What do they need?’ with no requirement as to answer how to pay for those ‘needs’.
That may seem easy for an organisation that doesn’t have to work for its funding but in the real world that’s a model that is the stuff of dreams….imagine being able to force your customers to pay for your goods even if they don’t use them…and in advance as well.
Some, even those on the Left, have come round to the idea that a bit of moderation and belt tightening might be in order.
George R points us in the direction of this piece by Dan Hodges:
‘Be under no illusion, when the great pillar of welfare finally comes thundering to the ground, every single one of us is going to be buried beneath it.’
Perhaps if the BBC took a wider perspective, a longer perspective, one that embraced both sides of the argument more equally rather than being the soapbox of choice for every welfare and vested interest group that wants to shout down the reforms, we might get not only a reasoned debate but a workable solution.
At the moment the BBC is serving only to buttress one side of the argument.
Who will suffer because of that? The children that the likes of Owen Jones and Jack Dromey MP proclaim they are protecting…it is they who, years down the road will be paying off the debts that were piled upon them by the careless generosity of those who support an ever growing, and ever more generous, benefits system.