Bloody Scroungers…


Homelessness is never usually a lifestyle choice. I have spoken to many homeless people in both Plymouth and Exeter and in an overwhelming majority of cases they started out as hard workers who have lost their job in the triple-dip recession and have fallen through the cracks thanks to the lack of jobs and the government’s crackdown on “scroungers”.

The fact is that there aren’t enough jobs for everybody and particularly with the bedroom tax and cuts to council tax benefit, people will be forced out of their homes or will be forced into renting in the private sector which will increase rather than decrease the welfare bill. Not only that, but there needs to be investment in the manufacturing industries to get Britain building houses and producing things again.

This government is dividing and ruling working class people by pitting them against each other rather than dealing with the real issues. Our economy is in ruins and this government is making it worse by cutting during a recession. Labour are not the solution either as their reckless borrowing has done nothing but arm the Tories with an excuse to sell off the remnants of the welfare state to private interests. Will the NHS be better off in private hands? We need only look at the extortionate prices charged by energy companies and train operators to see where that’ll go. We need to nationalise the banks and democratise the one area of politics that is the most influential, the economy.

Make no mistake, I’m not an apologist for those “bumming off the state” but the Daily Mail’s idea of a “scrounger” only applies to a very narrow section of society which is brought about by alienation from lack of community cohesion. An overwhelming majority are willing to work hard but there are no jobs out there, they’re willing to pay their way but more and more is demanded from them by a government of greedy, clueless millionaires and this is all topped off by people more willing to turn their nose up at the less fortunate rather than helping them up or at least demanding that the government get their act together. It’s the government and their banker buddies who are the real scroungers, not the homeless.

There are others out there trying to do something positive rather than being a full-time martyr in the online world. Let’s build a future that works for everyone not just the “privileged”.

What can we do? Organise!

Let’s give the working classes some encouragement by building for a general strike, the first of its kind in Britain since 1926. Sign this petition…

…and let’s lobby the TUC to mobilise the millions of people who are needlessly suffering from the effects of this government’s austerity program when another solution is possible, a Socialist solution