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Lord Freud: People “too Comfortable” on Benefits.

The Guardian reports, on the latest wit and wisdom by our old friend Lord Freud,

The government’s welfare reform minister has suggested lone parents, sickness claimants and other people on benefits are too comfortable not having to work for their income, saying they are able to “have a lifestyle” on the state.

In an interview with House Magazine, Lord Freud is reported to have said the benefits system is “dreadful” and discourages poor people from taking the risks he implied they should be willing to bear to change their circumstances.

“The incapacity benefits, the lone parents, the people who are self-employed for year after year and only earn hundreds of pounds or a few thousand pounds, the people waiting for their work ability assessment then not going to it – all kinds of areas where people are able to have a lifestyle off benefits and actually off conditionality,” the Conservative peer said.

They add,

Freud, a former journalist and investment banker, told the magazine that his background did not make him unable to understand the reality of living on benefits. “You don’t have to be the corpse to go to the funeral, which is the implied criticism there,” he said.

What an odd metaphor.
No doubt he was thinking of us as living corpses.

Some may say that it is a bit rich for somebody who’s never done an honest day’s work in his life to complain about the lazy-bones out-of-work, single parents,  and the  sick and disabled.

Somebody who’s pretty comfortable to say the least.

His Lordlyship  is cited elsewhere as saying that, “Too many people on benefits see it as a “lifestyle choice” rather than a safety net.”


We went to the careers’ advice and that’s what they came up with for us…

Written by Andrew Coates

November 24, 2012 at 11:32 am

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  1. Lord Freud

    We know you and the rest of the noble folks who populate the House of Lords are really into ermine – but have you been smoking it ?


    November 24, 2012 at 1:28 pm

  2. Please note, spelling mistake… Its Lord Fraud…. (or should be)

    Universal Jobmatch

    November 24, 2012 at 1:46 pm

  3. Well Lord Freud, here’s brief overview of what we have to do to have our so-called comfortable life on Jobseekers Allowance:

    1: We have to sign a Jobseekers Agreement listing how and what we will do every week to find a job.

    2: We have to prove we have been looking for work every time we sign on via our up-to-date joblogs, if we can’t prove we have been looking for work, this raises a doubt on your claim for Jobseekers Allowance and we are sanctioned.

    3: Most of us now have to attend The Work Programme with a Private Provider who have a black box approach regarding customers, we also have to show them our up-to-date joblogs and are subject to sanctions at their whim for miniscule infractions to their regime.

    4: We are verbally bullied and lied to by both the Jobcentre and Private Providers, they try to verbally manovere you into a situation where a doubt can be raised on your claim for Jobseekers Allowance, then you are sanctioned.

    5: The Private Provider trys to get you to sign away your rights to The Data Protection Act 1998 (as all the Jobcentres are now trying to do for Universal Jobmatch)

    6: The Private Providers issue instructions and targets you have to meet for your next appointment with them, if you haven’t met these targets by your next appointment, this again raises a doubt on your claim for Jobseekers Allowance and you can be sanctioned.

    And there’s a whole buttload of other things the Jobcentre and Private Providers can sanction you for – so you tell me – are our live’s comfortable – because if this is comfort – I really don’t want to know about hardship.

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    November 24, 2012 at 1:54 pm

  4. If I were Lord Freud, I’d belt up, have another whiskey, fall asleep in the House of Lords and forget about all this!

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    November 24, 2012 at 7:01 pm

  5. In 1970 Victor David Dinnerstein produced a book called ‘The Wit and Wisdom of Spiro T. Agnew’ which consists of blank pages.

    I also remember that the singer/songwriter Tom Paxton wrote ‘The Ballad of Spiro Agnew’ which begins: “I’ll sing you a song of Spiro Agnew and all the things he’s done”. The rest of the song is an instrumental.

    Of course I would never suggest that Lord Freud is the new Spiro Agnew.


    November 24, 2012 at 7:50 pm

  6. “In an interview with House Magazine, Lord Freud is reported to have said the benefits system is ‘dreadful’ and discourages poor people from taking the risks he implied they should be willing to bear to change their circumstances.”

    You cannot take risks when you have no income. The only risks he has taken are with other peoples money. When the majority of your income goes on food and fuel you cannot ‘risk’ a single penny. Perhaps we should try and get unsecured loans from him – since he’s keen on risk. I can’t believe how completely out of touch he is.

    Looking at the register of Lords interests he is a trustee of something called the Jecda foundation a ‘charity’ worth 1.6 million.
    Trustees: David Anthony Freud, Priscilla Jane Freud, Mr Andrew Alexander Freud, Ms Emily Annette Freud, Miss Juliet Freud (nothing like keeping it in the family)
    Based in Eastry Court, Church Street, Eastry, Sandwich, Kent, CT13 0HL (next to the church – use google street view it’s not labeled properly on the map).


    Perhaps we should ask it for a grant.

    Someone called ‘David Anthony Freud’ is a director of ’29 Montpelier Grove Management Company Limited’. This will probably be the freehold company for a London flat – which he may or may not be renting out to another MP.


    November 24, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    • “You cannot take risks when you have no income”.


      I really feel for those people cleansed from their flats and houses in London under new Benefit rules and who have to set up elsewhere.

      Andrew Coates

      November 25, 2012 at 12:40 pm

      • Too right, when I was a yoof I gave up my council flat to move to London for work – of course it didn’t work out… I ended up homeless on the streets of London and living out of bins. I wouldn’t advise anyone on benefits to “take risks”, it is OK if you have the “back-up”, like plenty of money or rich parents to bail you out if things go wrong. Lord Fraud is talking shite, folks on their uppers cannot afford to “take risks”.

        R Isky

        November 25, 2012 at 4:50 pm

  7. Lets just say Lord Freud has been told what people on benefits are facing thanks to Iain Duncan Smith.

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    November 24, 2012 at 11:35 pm

  8. Lord Fraud has probably done an actual days work in his life. Stupid Man-Child.


    December 1, 2012 at 7:41 pm

  9. probably not done.


    December 1, 2012 at 7:41 pm

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