Monday, 16 February 2009

How Much Is 'Much'?

A report I missed from yesterday's Times details that the Department for Work and Pensions has confirmed that
proposals which are part of the government's welfare reform bill will mean "people who lose their jobs could be denied unemployment benefit if they refuse to tell the government how much they drink."

Another worrying aspect of this article is "Officials will also be able to check the truth of applicants’ answers through other agencies, such as the police."

So the state can dictate our habits, and have them checked, on the arbitrary whim of some bureaucrat?

Fine, then we the people demand the right to dictate how MPs live their lives, what expenses and allowances they can claim, the prices charged for food and drink in Parliament, which MPs are eligible for second homes, together with the right to inspect their household expenses in order to cut out 'unhealthy' and 'wasteful' items.

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