Mind the greed gap

Recently, in tabloid newspapers and local letters pages, there have been an increasing number of critical comments about the abuse of state benefits.

They imply most, on tax funded payments, squander it on smoking, drinking, wide screen HD televisions and gambling. Several governments, over recent years, have brought in strict, more onerous measures to combat the scroungers. Still many think these measures are not tough enough.

Those critical seem to be unaware of the well-documented facts. Of the increasing suffering of genuine people on benefits – including those on low pay.

It is the unchecked, fastest growing gap between the rich, those who demand and get far more than their worth, and the rest.

It is this greed and mismanagement, for several years, by many of those at the top, of UK society, which has so greatly divided our society.

Peter Ward

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