Generally speaking, if you’re well off then off course you’re going to be all for cutting social security. It’s your job to look down on the less fortunate in society, no problem with that, you’ve got a solid middle class ethos and you’re sticking to it.
But when you get working class people slagging off people on social security then we really are in trouble. You’re spun a couple of Tory stories about jobless single mums getting big houses and that’s enough for you to turn on a system that’s there to give help to people who need it.
The Tories don’t need to cut welfare, they want to cut it. The Tories have nothing to lose, the working class and people on social security are very seldom Tory voters. What the tories do in this case is instill good old divide and rule tactics. What they need to do is turn this pool of essentially Labour voters against each other. They’ll make the workers think that people on social security are spongers, that they get money for lazing about whilst they go out and work. Once this fuse has been lit it’s not long until working people do the tories work for them. Whether posting of Facebook or talking in pubs it slowly becomes acceptable to put down those who claim. Then around this point, the Tories go in with their welfare slashing policies. And many of the social security slagging workers feel like the Tories have listened to them and have put in place policies that they agree with. Because of this some of them will then switch to Tory. Clever rich buggers.
This tactic was also used by Thatcher in the 80′s when she made council houses available to buy. Council tenants were also a huge pool of relatively poor Labour voters, enter divide and conquer! What Thatcher did here was offer tenants the chance to buy. This split the people into those who wanted to or could afford to buy their properties and others who didn’t want to or could not afford to buy their home. The people who bought their houses were also brought into the capitalist market and started to look fondly at the Tories who had handed them this opportunity. It worked, Thatcher gained thousands more votes from this which in turn helped the Tories win their next election. On the other side of the coin though, for the people who didn’t buy, they faced higher rent which created poverty, crime and a huge increase in homelessness.
Knowledge is power and it’s this knowledge that is sadly lacking. But then again how are people going to know the truth? With so many people being dumbed downed by all of modern life’s distractions it’s hardly suprising that so much mis-information is believed. And you only have to elude towards a political talk in some rooms and all goes quiet whilst people sublty sidestep away from any potential discusion. And where’s our cultural backup? Have we got the likes of John Lennon screaming ‘Working Class Hero’, the Manics ‘Masses against the Classes’ or The Clash (any song!) standing up for us? No, we have One flippin Direction’, Leona Lewis or at best Coldplay, hardly the kind of acts to stir up a revolution.
If you’re one of the working class social security slaggers then what on earth are you playing at? You’re happy to take help from the poor when there is no benefit to yourself? Do you realise that your echoing the sentiments of Eton millionaires? Why not throw your anger at the Queen getting a £6 million pay rise (£30 million pa is now £36 million)? or Tory minister Helen Grant claiming £1600 on top of her already huge wage? or the billions spent on the trident nuclear programme?
Even the name ‘social security’ which suggests a community of people helping others has been changed to the less desirable, more singular, scrounger sounding, condescending ‘benefit’.