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.
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…