Welfare reform must ensure people working earn more than those on benefits, says Balls

4th January, 2013 5:57 pm

  • Monkey_Bach

    Mr. Balls appears somewhat confused. People in work have ALWAYS been better off than those on benefits. The Shadow Chancellor might find the following blogger’s article illuminating.

    http://johnnyvoid.wordpress.com/2012/10/09/george-osbornes-benefit-bullshitting-hides-his-true-agenda/

    I was hoping for better than this from Balls, but there you go.

    Eeek.

    • AlanGiles

      I never expect too much from that flabby-faced overgrown schoolboy. Again, on the World At One today he sounded entirely unconvincing. It’s all just a great big game to politicians of all parties – a pampered little elite who know little about life beyond Westminster. Perhaps if some of them had lived in the real world, on minimum wage with no monthly £400 “food allowance” or public money to patch up their duck houses, moats or elderly MPs buying £8000 TV sets at our expense, they would understand a bit more what life is like for real people. 1 job for every 50 or 60 applicants, many people who are working are doing so part-time, even though they want full-time work. Where is Balls going to magic up these jobs?.

      He is trying to say two contradictory things at once – that he disagrees with the Coalition’s view, but at the same time he also agrees with it – a bit like Byrne agreeing with “three quarters” of the Coalition Welfare Reforms, then he doesn’t, then he does (again), then he doesn’t. I honestly don’t think Labour 2012 has the faintest idea of what to do, except slightly rearrange the Coalitions arrangements and make a great deal of noise doing it. It’s a hollow vessel that makes most noise.

      • jaime taurosangastre candelas

        An £8,000 TV at our expense? Please Alan, tell me that is a typo. That is more money than I would ever spend on a car, let alone a piece of domestic entertainment. My old Volvo cost me less than half of that, my wife’s Discovery was less than £6,000 (she put in an extra £1,000 of her money because she wanted the more expensive of the two we were offered).

        • AlanGiles

          Good morning Jaime. No I only wish it were a typo. It SHOULD be, but dear old Gerald Kaufmann, who remins a pontificating MP did just that:

          http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/mps-expenses/5330816/Sir-Gerald-Kaufmans-1800-rug-and-an-8865-claim-for-a-television-MPs-expenses.html

          This is why I get so angry about politicians of all parties pretending to be so outraged – there are some of the biggest fiddlers going. Then you have people like Maggie Beckett being made Dames, somebody else who was over generous with our money, not forgetting “Dame” Tessa Jowell, for services to the remortgaging industry, Duncan-Smith and Betsygate – they have no shame and no integrity, which is why they sicken me.

    • http://twitter.com/waterwards dave stone

      Balls believes Tory bullsh*t – but that’s probably a prerequisite to selection as a Labour Party parliamentary candidate nowadays.

  • Brumanuensis

    Hold on, if welfare cuts are primarily affecting ‘strivers’, why this argument about ‘people earning more in work than on welfare’?

  • PaulHalsall

    Why should people who are disabled always live in poverty?

Latest

  • Comment Trade Union Action Week Unions The vile union Bill takes us back to days of masters and servants

    The vile union Bill takes us back to days of masters and servants

    Working people and those who feel disenfranchised have traditionally been able to turn to Trade Unions for help, assistance and collective strength. Over the years, Trade Unions have used their collectivism to improve both terms and conditions and health and safety in the workplace. Indeed, one only has to study the history books to discover that by and large, wherever major, positive social changes and improved working conditions have occurred, you will more often than not find a connection to […]

    Read more →
  • Comment Trade Union Action Week Unions How the fight to save Somerset cider shows unions at work

    How the fight to save Somerset cider shows unions at work

    Cider-making is synonymous with the county of Somerset; it is weaved into the social fabric, the landscape and the rural communities. Yet, in this fast-moving, modern, global market place, iconic industries, such as cider-making, have no more protection than any other economic sector from forces which they have no control over, such as the slow-down in the Chinese economy. An example of this market trend came when it was announced that the Shepton Mallet Cider Mill would cease production at […]

    Read more →
  • Comment Trade Union Action Week Unions The Government are effectively creating state-sponsored blacklisting

    The Government are effectively creating state-sponsored blacklisting

    This week my union UCATT announced that it had secured compensation worth £5.6 million for 71 of our members who had their lives ruined by blacklisting. This is a major milestone in a seven year battle, on behalf of workers who were blacklisted on an industrial scale by major construction companies. Other workers are likely to secure compensation in the coming weeks and a High Court case is scheduled for May, when those guilty of blacklisting will be held to […]

    Read more →
  • Featured News Labour fears as Tories confirm plan to cut number of MPs

    Labour fears as Tories confirm plan to cut number of MPs

    Labour’s attempts to win a majority in the Commons have come under further attack as the Government vowed to press ahead with plans to cut the number of MPs by 50 to 600. The move, is expected to hit Labour disproportionately, was confirmed by Ministers today. Oliver Letwin chose to ignore the recommendations of a cross-party committee of MPs – which criticised the Government’s plans as “unsatisfactory”- and claimed there was “no merit” in re-opening the issue. The Tories want […]

    Read more →
  • Featured News Corbyn tells doubters: I won’t retire

    Corbyn tells doubters: I won’t retire

    Jeremy Corbyn has vowed not to retire as Labour leader and said he was inspired by his father to continue working beyond the pensionable age. He said his age, 66, was no barrier to appealing to younger voters and dismissed the prospect of quitting. Corbyn’s opponents have questioned his stamina but he struck a defiant note, saying: “I’ve never gone through life with the intention of retiring. My dad didn’t retire. He died working. Not because he was forced to […]

    Read more →
Share with your friends










Submit