The rise of TV programs and newspaper articles demonising those who claim benefits is a phenomena of the past couple of years. There is no question that this ‘new TV’ is inspired by those who want to make is more politically acceptable to cut benefits to the ‘undeserving poor’. It is a political strategy the US right wing has been using (very successfully) for many years.
What the media have not focused on is the far larger amount of money the government contributes in corporate subsidies, bailouts, tax cuts and tax not collected which enrich the Corporate world.
This is a society in which our government spends large amounts of time and money to make sure we don’t give poor people a penny more than they are entitled but at the same time funds a champagne lifestyle and huge profits for its friends.
It needs to change.
Billions of pounds of British public money has gone to business, with Disney getting £170m. They really are taking the Mickey by Aditya Chakrabortty Monday 6 October 2014 20.30 BST
‘Politicians and pundits talk about welfare as if it’s solely cash given to people. Hardly ever discussed is corporate welfare.’
Last October an article revealed that the British government had since 2007 handed Disney almost £170m to make films here. Last year alone the Californian giant took £50m in tax credits. By way of comparison, in April the government will scrap a £347m crisis fund that provides emergency cash for families on the verge of homelessness or starvation.
Benefits are what we grudgingly hand the poor; the rich are awarded tax breaks. Cut through the euphemisms and the Treasury accounting, however, and you’re left with two forms of welfare. Except that the hundreds given to people sleeping on the street has been deemed unaffordable. Those millions for $150bn Disney, on the other hand, that’s apparently money well spent –whoever coined the phrase “taking the Mickey” must have worked for HM Revenue.