EDITORIAL COMMENT: PM testing the water

EDITORIAL COMMENT: PM testing the water

EDITORIAL COMMENT: PM testing the water

First published in Gwent news by

DAVID Cameron hasn’t had much luck lately, what with very public fall-outs with coalition partners and illadvised selective interventions into celebrities’ tax affairs.

So it is perhaps not surprising that he has turned his attention to something he knows will fire up his Tory supporters and appeal to some of his party’s disaffected back-benchers.

And that is announcing yet another cull of benefit payments.

Of course, it is only right that any government should focus on how much it is spending. It is also fair to say that the benefits paid out must represent value for money for the taxpayer.

But we fear that Mr Cameron’s speech yesterday was more about simply slashing spending and appealing to certain sections of his party rather than seeking to modernise our benefits system.

In our view, the focus should be on making the whole system less complex.

But the suggestion, removed from his speech at the last moment that there could be regional rates of benefits seems doomed to making a complicated system ever more complex.

These are just ideas at the moment so it appears that Mr Cameron is testing the water before firming up a policy.

Proof then that a lot of what he is suggesting would be totally unacceptable to the coalition’s Lib Dem partners.

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10:22am Tue 26 Jun 12

chris227 says...

looks like the incapacity benefit crowd days down the pub are coming to the end. what few private sector jobs their are in wales are always low paid but cannot see how paying the public sector at the same level is going help their situation!!
looks like the incapacity benefit crowd days down the pub are coming to the end. what few private sector jobs their are in wales are always low paid but cannot see how paying the public sector at the same level is going help their situation!! chris227
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1:42pm Tue 26 Jun 12

On the inside says...

chris227 wrote:
looks like the incapacity benefit crowd days down the pub are coming to the end. what few private sector jobs their are in wales are always low paid but cannot see how paying the public sector at the same level is going help their situation!!
No such thing as Incapacity Benefit now. If you are going to slag off people on benefits (ALL pensioners for instance?) at least get it right.
[quote][p][bold]chris227[/bold] wrote: looks like the incapacity benefit crowd days down the pub are coming to the end. what few private sector jobs their are in wales are always low paid but cannot see how paying the public sector at the same level is going help their situation!![/p][/quote]No such thing as Incapacity Benefit now. If you are going to slag off people on benefits (ALL pensioners for instance?) at least get it right. On the inside
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3:18pm Tue 26 Jun 12

Howie' says...

On the inside wrote:
chris227 wrote:
looks like the incapacity benefit crowd days down the pub are coming to the end. what few private sector jobs their are in wales are always low paid but cannot see how paying the public sector at the same level is going help their situation!!
No such thing as Incapacity Benefit now. If you are going to slag off people on benefits (ALL pensioners for instance?) at least get it right.
Chris has never been one to let facts stop him putting the boot in to people on benefits. I think your very pertinent point about ALL Pensioners will havegone have gone straight past him.
[quote][p][bold]On the inside[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]chris227[/bold] wrote: looks like the incapacity benefit crowd days down the pub are coming to the end. what few private sector jobs their are in wales are always low paid but cannot see how paying the public sector at the same level is going help their situation!![/p][/quote]No such thing as Incapacity Benefit now. If you are going to slag off people on benefits (ALL pensioners for instance?) at least get it right.[/p][/quote]Chris has never been one to let facts stop him putting the boot in to people on benefits. I think your very pertinent point about ALL Pensioners will havegone have gone straight past him. Howie'
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