by Ian Hamilton
In the piece below Romeplebian makes a comment and misses the point. He thinks that a single mother who gets away with £10,000 of Social Security money should be punished. presumably by the jail. Here is my reply.
The rich get very rich. Romeplebian’s take home pay is only a tiny fraction of the wages of wealth. So is the sum the single mother obtained from Social Security. The wages of wealth increase. The wages of poverty shrink. Every financial crisis is a means of redistributing any savings the poor may have to the rich. If you have no savings, Romeplebian, even that which you earn will be taken from you in greater taxes and, when it suits the bankers, in periods of unemployment. Your job won’t give you an eight million bonus, but it will give you heavier taxation which will go to the rich. Wait for it trickling down. Wait for pigs to fly. You and the single mother are brother and sister under the skin.
Single mothers and Romeplebian have no hope of sharing in the wealth of this wonderful country. Their only hope is the lottery. That gives them a one in fifteen million chance of joining in the riches around us. The Roman slaves had a better chance of freedom. It was called manumission. Manumission and the lottery have the same purpose. To give hope to the hopeless. Some hope!
Where has the decency of Old Labour gone? Where is the left wing? Where are the Mick MaGaheys, the Willie Gallahers? Where are the sons of those who went to Spain to fight for us all? Where are the people to cry down the rich from the rooftops; the rich who get so rich they have to hide in gated communities, while a wee lassie is jailed for taking a teaspoonful out of a reservoir? Where is hope?
As for Sheriff Dickhead. I satirise him. I don’t blame him. I was a sheriff once. Then I realised I was there to do society’s dirty work. I was so often on the side of the person in the dock that I went back to defending them. They are not all bad. Some, like the single mother just want a little more for their kids. If a banker gets bonuses in millions. If MPs can get ‘expenses’ in thousands and hundreds of thousands who are we to say that this girl was wrong? Throw the first stone if you must, Romeplebian but make sure you miss.
I declare myself on the side of the disposessed. In my dying years I know that whatever talents I had have failed both them and me.
NO ONE HAS ASKED ME WHAT THE SINGLE MUM’S SENTENCE SHOULD BE.
IT SHOULD BE ONE YEAR’S PROBATION WITH A CONDITION THAT SHE TAKE LESSONS ON HOW TO MANAGE HER FINANCES FROM HER MP. ”