Benefit Fraud - But who's really cheating who? Aug 17, 2012 15:46:03 GMT 1
Post by nickd on Aug 17, 2012 15:46:03 GMT 1
Benefit fraud is attracting a lot of media attention
But shouldn't we be asking why all the focus?
Only this week a top DWP executive Terry Moran went to town with the Daily Mail in a call for posters to be put up on street lamp posts so we can all pick out the convicted benefit cheats in our neighbourhoods.
Watch this space as we take a good look at benefit fraud. Whilst the DWP may well continue to rely on their well work worn slogan 'No Ifs, No Buts' , we will see how benefit fraud is actually full of 'ifs' and 'buts', out and out benefit fraud is in reality very low; even government ministers accept it is wildly misreported and yet all we here is 'benefit cheat' 'scroungers' 'fakers' 'skivers' 'malingerers', they've even likened benefit cheating to mugging someone on the street.
What we can be certain of is where this crack down comes from...
Yes Disability Dave knows it will secure him those all important votes. But is he just leaving it to his henchmen to do all the dirty work? ....
I just don't get David Cameron when it comes to disability benefits. Ever since he became Prime Minister he has shown an almost contempt for people on benefits, primarily those on disability & incapacity related benefits. It's all very different to when he talked on a much more passionate note of his own experiences, once upon a time he seemed far more able to relate to those facing a genuine need of support from the State. However, since forming the Coalition government with the Liberal Democrats it's as though he has waged war on almost anyone who has to rely on welfare. Cameron has developed an inherent knack of capturing the attention of those his government perceives as potential mass voters by pandering to their apparently 'populist' views. Yet when it comes to pushing out his policies he leaves it to his team of front bench ministers to roll out the tough messages in an almost 'henchmen' like manner; the same old messages seems to echo down the corridors of Westminster to each and every government department. It's as though government departments are no longer allowed to express a view of their own, each and every press release reverberates along the same old tired lines. Cameron & co are in distinct danger of being perceived as bullies, they are clearly picking a fight with those least able to fight back.
But is this benefit fraud message the right one? Is government really tackling benefit fraud in a responsible way which is proportionate to the presenting problem?
Or is it once again a case of Government setting an agenda founded upon its propaganda just to satisfy the wider electorate with little or no regard to the real consequences of those who face wrongful accusation by a media fuelled by hatred?
It's strong stuff and always provokes a reaction; the question is who's listening?