Where is your democracy now?

The annual study of how people’s lives are changing by the National Centre for Social Research showed that despite widespread concern over economic disparity, the public does not believe greater government intervention is justified.

Britons are increasingly looking to themselves for solutions to social problems rather than the Government, it found.

Seventy five per cent of those questioned agreed the income gap between rich and poor was too large yet only just over a third (35 per cent) believed ministers should take steps to redistribute wealth.

The British Social Attitudes survey also found that 54 per cent believed unemployment benefits were too high – up from 35 per cent in 1983 when the annual study was first carried out.

So why aren\’t we cutting unemployment pay? Hmm? Hmm?

Where is that insistence that government must do the will of the people then?

Since hitting a peak of 63 per cent nine years ago, support for tax increases to spend more on public services such as health care and education has dropped to less than a third (31 per cent) in the latest survey.

Or is democracy something that is only evoked when it points to what you already want to do?

3 comments on “Where is your democracy now?

  1. “Or is democracy something that is only evoked when it points to what you already want to do?”

    It should be called European Union Standardised Democracy. Or Euro-democracy for short. Just as anything with “social” in front means the opposite of what it means by itself (c.f. social justice), so too with Euro-democracy.

  2. Except anything with Democratic in the title is already means undemocratic, (e.g., German Democratic Republic) so Euro-democracy would mean, “not un-democracy”. Better put a ‘social’ in too.

  3. The British Social Attitudes survey also found that 54 per cent believed unemployment benefits were too high – up from 35 per cent in 1983 when the annual study was first carried out.

    How many of those in receipt of benefits answered this question?

    The reality is that Job Seekers Allowance is pretty meagre, but since your also having your council tax paid, housing benefit, tax credits, etc. it all mounts up.

    It is the totality and duration of benefits that is being paid, specifically to larger families. If you are a family of four children and two adults then you can live as well on benefits as you can on the typical jobs available to them with the added advantage that you don’t have to get your fat, drunken, smelly arse out of bed every morning.

    If it comes to a choice between a minimum wage household income and subsidized sloth are we surprized that so many take up the option of sloth.

    I certainly would if being left in that position.

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