What a delicious pickle the BBC and the left wingers have got themselves into. In a desperate attempt to portray the hardship that the proposed benefit cap will inflict on the most vulnerable in society, they have managed to enshrine smoking in the unofficial list of ‘human rights’ that tax payers must work to finance, and without which the vulnerable will slide into a pit of despair…..
It all started so well. Their researchers had found them a family in deepest Wales who weren‘t living in an eight bed-roomed mansion in Bishops Avenue, but would still be ‘forced to move’ thanks to the benefit cap. So unfair.
The graphics department spent all day conjuring up a natty little diagram showing the hardship they would face if they were forced to cut Â£4,284.80 a year from their Â£30,284.80 benefits package to comply with the cap.
Then the project was handed over to a ‘safe pair of hands’, one Julian Joyce, to flesh out the words.
First establish that their reliance on benefits is entirely unavoidable…..why husband Raymond has been out of work for eleven solid years. He’s a software writer. An IT expert. Ah, in Educational software, and for eleven years there has been no call for Educational software in deepest North Wales; he has broadband of course, paid for by the tax payer, and he couldn’t possibly be expected to retrain to write Agricultural software, or any other sort of software could he? He’s an Educational software writer.
Then again, his wife suffers from bi-polar disorder, so she can’t work…..like wot Frank Bruno, Catherine Zeta Jones, Florence Nightingale, Bill Oddie do…need I go on?
Undeterred, Julian ploughs on, proving with every word just why this deserving family shouldn’t have four grand cut from their benefits –
“We have three teenage boys living in one room that barely fits their bunks and a chair-bed in it and two teenage daughters in a smaller room that barely fits their bunks in it.
“In the third bedroom we have ourselves and a five-year-old boy.”
Julian thinks they will have to chose between ‘heating and eating’ next year. Nice soundbite Julian. Pat on the back lad.
Then a sharp eyed reader took a closer look at the graphics – something Julian really should have done.
Turns out the ‘essential food bill’ contains receipts for 24 cans of lager a week, 200 cigarettes, and a large pouch of tobacco.
Which neatly add up to more than the proposed benefit cut…
Cue 1260 comments and rising asking why the BBC are supporting Raymond’s ‘right to smoke’ at our expense. You can’t add to the comments sadly – the BBC have just given in and closed the comments down!