If it is "cost" that truly concerns us, why do we focus so much attention on "benefit fraud" or even welfare, which relatively have an invisible economic impact? Is our concern genuine, or is it more an issue of bitterness?
A Conservative MP has blamed jobless "scroungers" after finding a dead badger dumped on his doorstep. Ian Liddell-Grainger
The five things you need to know on Tuesday 16 July 2013... 1) THE WAR OVER WELFARE, PART 78 The day after the benefit cap
The welfare system, not benefit claimants, deserves the full, unmitigated might of British grumbling. Why? Because the current system does not reward any attempt to find work and no one should be expected to develop a social conscience while foregoing personal gain.
Tony Blair has warned Labour that its fierce resistance to austerity and welfare cuts risked reducing it to a party of protest
With the Conservative Party unveiling a new ad campaign in marginal seats, which basically divides voters into hard-working 'strivers' and stay-at-home 'shirkers', and with Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg launching on attack on universal benefits, it seems the perfect time to debunk ten key myths about the UK's welfare budget and, specifically, 'out of work benefits'.
At Christmas, I hope many will think of others less fortunate than themselves and reconsider how they perceive those on benefits.