This post is in largely in answer to Rick's comment's yesterday and the day before (18:08:47 and 07:38:02) on the post Will the poor pay for Thanet budget deficit? It is not an attack but a considered answer to some held-to-be-true myths about poverty in Thanet. Some of this conversation might have taken place on rick's blog had he enabled OpenID authentication.
Background: The article "Will the poor pay for Thanet budget deficit?" addresses some facts released by Cllr David Green and adds information privately reported to me. The conclusion is that the Council Tax Benefit section may be working to hard to reduce costs by removing claimants by hook or by crook. In his first comment (18:08:47) Rick brings up the common myth that the poor are actually all cheats and goes on to expose us to the even more common myth that the poor are poor through their own fault. You may wish to read these first.
Reply: Rick, the question at hand is not how well or badly the private sector spends public money nor how deserving they are of that money. I have no doubt your own investigations have been as colorful as they have been shocking to you and I appreciate that you are driven by your own passion for justice.
That is a most admirable thing and something that the world may even need more of. However we are looking at the need of those the country as a whole chooses to demonise rather than address. We that have jobs may feel bad that there are those that do not work for their money. Mrs Gates does not work for her money - her husband Bill Gates is, through a series or luck breaks, one of the richest men in the world but, unless we are quite the "hard core" communist, we do not begrudge Mr and Mrs Gates their wealth.
We do not begrudge them because we would like to be like that but we are willing to accept blindly whatever tosh is spouted about those worse off than ourselves because we feel they should be like us.
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