Why is it fair for taxpayers to subsidise businesses but not the disabled?

Mike here attacks the Tory logic behind their policies that allow big businesses to pay literally starvation wages, knowing that this will be topped up by the state. Yet Tory ideology also says that cutting welfare benefits will make people work harder and become less of a burden on society. Hence the vitriol and spleen against ‘welfare scroungers’, while big business are the worst scroungers of them all.

There are so many levels of hypocrisy in this attitude that it is indeed staggering. You find amongst American Republicans particularly complete outrage whenever anyone dares to criticise the immense subsidies and tax cuts given to the wealthy and big business in America. It’s an attack on excellence! they scream, quite ignoring that if they were truly excellent, then by their own standards they wouldn’t have to demand tax hand-outs at the expense of the very poorest. The attitude is implicitly social Darwinist: big business needs help, because they are the economic fittest compared to the poor, who should be forced to the wall. Hitler himself made a speech celebrating the achievements of German businessmen, who, he stated, he would not move against or penalise as they had proved their biological superiority through rising to their position in society. It’s clearly an attitude that George Osborne shares. It’s not particularly surprising, as Osborne owes his position in society not to his own talent and initiative, but purely to his father’s wealth as the Baronet of Ballymoney.

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Swivel-eyed loon: This is the kind of many who thinks subsidising businesses to be lazy, while refusing to support disabled students (no matter how intelligent they are) is a clever idea. [Picture: Left Foot Forward] Swivel-eyed loon: This is the kind of many who thinks subsidising businesses to be lazy, while refusing to support disabled students (no matter how intelligent they are) is a clever idea. [Picture: Left Foot Forward] George Osborne was today set to attack both the Labour Party and UKIP as being bad for business. Isn’t that a bit rich, coming from a man whose party uses taxpayers’ money to subsidise private firms?

Across the UK, firms of all sizes – ranging from huge multinationals right down to the smallest traders – take advantage of the taxpayer-funded benefit system that supports people who earn less than the Living Wage (the minimum amount necessary for a working person to be able to pay their own way).

Osborne would have you believe this is good for Britain; more firms are employing more people – and that’s got to be good, right?

Wrong. More…

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