Sunday, January 27, 2013

Entitleitis; UK style

Entitleitis doesn't just exist in New Zealand; check this out, from the Sun in England (with our emphasis added):

A SKIVING couple told last night how they claim £17,680 a year in benefits — and don’t even bother looking for work because it would leave them worse off.Danny Creamer, 21, and Gina Allan, 18, spend each day watching their 47in flatscreen TV and smoking 40 cigarettes between them in their comfy two-bedroom flat.
It is all funded by the taxpayer, yet the couple say they deserve sympathy because they are “trapped”.
They even claim they are entitled to their generous handouts because their hard-working parents have been paying tax for years.
The pair left school with no qualifications, and say there is no point looking for jobs because they will never be able to earn as much as they get in handouts.
Gina admits: “We could easily get a job but why would we want to work — we would be worse off.”
Danny’s father, 46, even offered him a job with his bowling alley servicing company — but could not pay him enough.
Danny’s mum, 45, works as a carer, while Gina’s mum, 46, is a teacher and her dad, 53, is a manager with a security company.
Yet their parents’ work ethic has not rubbed off on Danny and Gina. Instead, they claim they are entitled to benefits because of their parents’ tax contributions — and even complain they should be given MORE.
Gina, flaunting fake tan and perfectly manicured nails, said: “I don’t see that we’re living off the taxpayers, we’re entitled to the money our parents paid all their lives.
“They’ve worked so hard since they left school and I’m sure they’d rather it went to us than see us struggle. They pay a lot of tax, and although they’d rather we weren’t in this situation and one of us had a job, they understand why we are where we are. We can’t help it, we’re stuck like it.”
Danny, who quit his job as a supermarket shelf-stacker after eight months, admitted: “I could easily go and work for my dad. He’s got a job for me, but could only afford to pay for my travel and accommodation because I’d be going around the country.
“After that he wouldn’t be able to afford to pay me a wage, so I’d be worse off.
“The same would happen if I was to work somewhere like a supermarket. If I was earning less than £26,000 a year, there wouldn’t be any point. I’d be no better off. Who in their right mind would do that?” The pair spoke after we revealed last Sunday that Lithuanian Natalija Belova, 33, branded Britain “a soft touch” for giving her £14,408 annual benefits. Mum-of-one Belova told how she lives a life of luxury in Watford, Herts, thanks to our “strange system”, adding: “I am not going to work like a dog on minimum wage.”
And yesterday Gina agreed. She said: “The only way we’d ever be better off is by both working. But then childcare would probably be one of our wages gone, and put us back in a more difficult position.
“We don’t feel ashamed for being on benefits. Neither of us have the slightest bit of guilt towards the taxpayers as both of our parents have been paying into the tax system for the last 30 years.
“So we are just getting back our parents’ huge contributions. My dad earns £65,000 a year so he’s paid more than his fair share of tax, so I don’t see what the problem is. The fault lies with the system, not us. There’s just no incentive to find work when we’ve got a better lifestyle than if we were to go out and work for 35-40 hours every week. Why would we give this up?”

The mind boggles! But Danny and Gina sound like perfect candidates for the Greens' housing scheme announced earlier in the week. 

Perhaps they could be the poster children for the scheme; if they could tear themselves away from the 47-inch telly for the photo-shoot that is!


Edward the Confessor said...

This smells like a beat-up. Thanks to Osborne and Cameron, the UK's going to have a triple-dip recession. It's typical of the tory (Murdoch-owned) press in such circumstances to go looking for a distraction and someone villainous to blame, This justifies government action to punish the poor for daring to be the victims of their policies.

This sort of demonisation isn't new of course. Can you think of other famous historical examples of right-wing scape-goating? Odd you would lap it up so uncritically given its antecedents.

pdm said...

Edward - I think you men thanks to Gordon Brown and Alisair Darling GB is heading into a triple dip recession.

Cameron and Osborne have a thankless task trying to turn things round and unfortunately there are tens of thousands of bliudgers like these two in the UK.

Edward the Confessor said...

Punish those SCROUNGERS! They're the cause of all of your struggles! Look at them with their television, while you can't even afford an annual holiday to Sardinia!

Michael said...

There must be something wrong with the UK welfare system if this couple aren't required to upskill, look for work, and get paid more than they could with a job.