In the light of Mick Philpott's conviction for killing six of his children it seems like a good opportunity to revisit the buffoonish Owen Jones's take on Philpott - the victim of hatred against the poor.
The simple fact of the matter is that people's instinctive reaction is correct- people who have lots of children with no intention of supporting them and are defiant about claiming benefits from the public purse are engaging in sociopathic behaviour.
This isn't a general 'hatred' of people on benefits, I know people who are looking for work, I know people who are genuinely disabled and they are decent people.
But I also know people and know of people who do abuse the system and have no intention of doing anything but claiming everything they can- in one instance a mother who looks up conditions on the internet and then makes her children learn about them to con the doctors to claim more benefits (this is not someone I know personally or I would inform on them).
The people who make martyrs of all benefit recipients- which is much of the anti austerity movement- don't acknowledge that there is a difference between someone who has fallen on hard times and somebody who expects other people to support them indefinitely.
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