Strong words, from Gordon Brown:
. . . But I am anti-bludging. Let’s call it what it is.
It’s about a small but growing group of people who think they have a right to make any decision they like and we should pay for their consequences.
It’s not about rights, it’s all about choices.
I have nothing but the greatest admiration for those couples, and women, who went without to give their children a good upbringing. Anyone over the age of 30 or so will know what I mean. They, like us, never received a cent from the Government (or us) for childcare. My wife worked, we paid the costs and what was left over went towards our savings to buy our first house.
It may come as a shock to the likes of Ms Moroney to know that women generally planned their pregnancies and the last thing on their minds was a Government hand-out.
Just why we should pick up the tab and somehow be jointly responsible for anyone else’s child isn’t the sign of a more enlightened society. It is a symptom of a reluctantly indulgent society, which simply can’t afford such profligacy, that allows others who abdicate their own responsibilities to bludge off the rest of us.
When welfare began it was not universal and was based on need.
Gradually it has evolved so that benefits have become entitlements given not just to those in need but also some in want or even greed; and the first recourse for people whose budgets are stretched is not to cut their costs but to expect a top-up from the public purse.