GOOGLE ACCUSED OF PROMOTING TERRORISM ON YOUTUBE –Iain Duncan Smith, the Work and Pensions Minister, has spoken to the Ministry of Defence Minister and the Home Secretary with details on a proposal that would cut welfare by another £3 billion that would allow it to be used to provide additional funding for the police and armed services.
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This may appear like a radical shake-up but in fact David Cameron floated this idea to the public last year; but as we have become accustomed to with this Government it was shelved after the Liberal Democrats pledged to veto any further benefits cuts.
Welfare should be a life-line to those in need in times of difficulties and hardship and allow people to get back on their feet.
Unfortunately welfare in the UK has become, for many, a way of life with thousands never having had gainful employment.
On top of our home grown issue there are the immigrants that pour into the UK uncontrolled who simply head straight to the nearest benefit office in order to live off the backs of the hard working taxpayer.
It has always been a difficult task getting the Liberals to understand that throwing money at people is not constructive and provide no incentive to find work. We have seen hundreds of cases of benefit fraud over the last few years and listened to people who refuse to work because they are far better off on welfare.
It is, to any sane individual, complete and utter madness and it has to stop. If we need to force people back to work by cutting their benefits then so be it.
Long has Iain Duncan Smith toiled over ways to get the Liberals to agree that cutting benefits is a good idea and there is no denying this attempt is on the back of Lee Rigby’s murder in Woolwich.
The public feel increasingly unsafe and we all know that our armed services are woefully under-paid and therefore tagging the welfare cuts to providing additional funding for both the police and armed forces is an excellent way force Nick Cleggs hand into agreeing.
Nick Clegg may of course grumble and moan but will he block any such move? In my opinion it would be unlikely as David Cameron will simply voice his concern to the public that Nick Clegg doesn’t want the public protected by our police or defended by our armed services.
With George Osborne, the Chancellor, ordering Minister to cut spending by £11.5 billion in 2015-16 the pressure is now on to find areas where the savings can be made.
The Government announced that vital areas, such as health care, education and international development should not be touched and therefore the onus is on other Government spending areas and none are much higher than our annual welfare bill.
It will be interesting how this plays out over the next six months but right now Iain Duncan Smith does have the upper hand and could well voice his concerns to the Lib Dems and the opposition stating that we have a choice – continue to feed the lazy or provide much needed funding for our police and armed services in order to protect the public. I wonder how, if at all, the Liberal Democrats would argue against such a logical proposal.