Useless Eaters / 11 March 2013
Why is it that when this government is shown to be making up its own figures about the number of people who are allegedly fraudulently claiming benefits - those who are sick, disabled, elderly or unemployed - people continue to believe them? The government would have everyone believe that taxes and national insurance contributions from hard-earned income are being fed to this monster with an insatiable appetite.
How can we allow the government to continue making these outrageous statements with so little challenge? Because what happens if these lies and falsehoods aren't exposed, is that people eventually start to believe them.
As we all know, this happens constantly: people are persuaded that the reason for the problems that are currently besetting them is due to the actions of a certain set of people. A scapegoat is selected, usually one that is 'different' from the mainstream and society's fear and anger are then directed at them.
The term 'useless eater' was first coined by right wing extremists to decribe all of those who, for one reason or another, depend upon some form of benefit or government subsidy in order to survive. We are perceived as being parasites on society, only taking and not contributing in any way. No consideration is given to the barriers in society that disable us and prevent us from full participation. And the stereotype of the useless eater doesn't allow for all the contributions which people receiving some form of benefit *DO* make to society.
But of course it suits Cameron, his cronies and certain sections of the media to keep this negative image, especially relating to disabled people, in the minds of the general public. If we're not able to participate fully in their 'Big Society' and worship at the altar of consumerism due to our restricted income and our fecklessness, we are therefore a problem and need to be dealt with. The monster's bottomless stomach has to be stapled.
So let's have some clearer messages about the real nature of this resource-consuming monster: the bankers, the fat-cats, the tax-dodging corporations just for starters ...