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Another Fine Mess

So, as a consequence of August's unscheduled riots, the government, caught off guard by the notion the peasants might be revolting, has decided to tighten the noose further. Not content with locking up confused idiots for years on end and thus institutionalising them and putting them on course for a life of state dependency, they have now said that unemployed folk that don't pay court ordered fines (as one probably would if on benefits) now have to lose £25 a week direct from their benefits as a consequence. I thought such people, when fined, already had the little they had to pay (around a fiver a week at the moment) direct from their benefits anyway.
No word on whether this will also be extended, if only in principle, to people in similar situations that aren't unemployed. But then it's easier to bully those you pay directly I suppose. 60% of those rioting were not unemployed - not even half of those involved were 'scroungers', but that doesn't stop our stupid leader from saying things like this:
"The system as it stands at the moment is far too soft and does not always send the right signals."
What signals? No one is condoning crime nor saying the unemployed shouldn't be prosecuted if they break the law. But then it's a lot easier to be a good little robot if you have the money to live on, like our rich masters. All of whom of course are of good character and certainly didn't engage in riotous behaviour while members of the infamous Bullingdon club.
This shower in government, and indeed much of Parliament, just live on another planet. They really really don't understand what it's like being poor, dependent and vulnerable. I don't condone rioting or vandalism or arson or any such behaviour, but i certainly don't condone feral capitalism and the pious lecturing of those that benefit from it.

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  1. too bloody right. If they penalise the unemployed more they are going to get an higher instance of crime. If a criminal underbelly exists taking what little mostly honest people have to spend away from them will turn and drive them into the arms of hardened criminals even gangs.

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  2. Crime is part of the capitalist scheme I suspect. That sounds like conspiracy nut bullshit, but the reality - that politicians are evil idiots - is far less appealing.

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