The following is a précis of a conversation I had in one of my rare visits to the pub this afternoon. It is, perhaps a summing up of the attitude of too many selfish people; too many selfish people who are week or a month’s wage away from destitution. A week or moth’s wage from the circumstance they currently demonise.

The benefits bill is too high, we need to reduce it.

While the reduction of the benefits bill is a desirable aim, how we do this is debatable; the greater part of the benefits bill, over 50% is pensions. Similarly to me, I am sure you do not advocate the slashing of pensions to reduce the benefits bill.

The only way to reduce the benefits bill is to cut benefits.

Cut benefits how? Reducing benefits effectively would mean slashing pensions, which we do not want to do. We’ll all (hopefully)…

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