Believe it or not, the majority of those claiming benefits are not frauds or somehow “cheating the system”. They’re normal people like you and I.
And I have to say, left wing socialists have a broader sense of empathy than your average Tory. On walking down the street and setting eyes on a homeless person, a conservative’s principal (although they most likely wouldn’t admit it) is to think “well, they should have worked harder at school. I’m not on the streets because I deserve better.” Or fascism to that effect. Whereas, generally, somebody with a more Labour mind set is more likely to have a greater sense of empathy for their brother or sister of the human race.
A few months ago, I was talking to a man who I questioned about the welfare state. He believed that there should be no such thing. “If they cannot contribute to society, they might as well crawl into a hole and die.” He remarked. I think he’d even shocked himself.
But as a human being, from the bottom of my heart, I BELIEVE that the vulnerable should be supported, not left for dead. It motivates my actions every day: I want to live for others, because I have known pain and hardship; I understand that it’s not easy to be strong, to be born into a high earning family. Sometimes we need support-and that’s okay.
School Swap-The Class Divide, was the first part of an ITV program aired on Tuesday. Following the lives of three private and three state school students, the show gave a great insight into life growing up in adverse poverty, and in the contrary, life growing up in a £27,000 (per year) boarding school. And the differences between the two groups were profound. One state school boy was shown in his run down bedroom which he shared with his baby sibling, telling the camera that his home life meant that he felt unable to study, and as a result, unable to achieve. The screen then shot to a girl the same age who found herself fortunate enough to receive her education privately.
In the preview for next week’s episode, the same working class boy was shown having the time of hid life at boarding school, before talking to the camera.”I really like it here. I want to stay.” It was a sentence that brought tears to my eyes. Us and them. Equal, yet treated so differently. Private and state schools are the equivalent to the segregation of the blacks from the whites. The absurd concept that one group is better than the other. It’s categorically wrong. And just because life isn’t fair, it doesn’t mean that you have to sit back and accept inequality.
Your vote counts.
This isn’t only an issue of which men in suits you prefer: it defines your stance on equality and justice. In fact, you could say that it’s a summary of your core values. So try and look past the lying, the airbrushed men in suits, and vote with your heart. Vote for what you believe is right-whatever that may be.
That’s all you can ever do.