Yesterday the News of the World highlighted the case of the Davison family. The parents don't work. And who could blame them? They would have to have a joint salary of £67,000 to match what they get in state benefits. To be fair to Mr and Mrs Davison they say they would really like to find work, but Mr Davison hasn't had a job for the last 13 years.
So the state funds what I can only describe as their children habit. They have ten, ranging from three year old Trinity to 20 year old Amy. They receive £20,280 in child tax credits alone.
Why is it that they seemed to give no thought to the fact that they did not have the income to support so many children before they had them? You'd have thought by the time three year old Trinity came along the penny might have dropped.
Children are not a human right. It's irresponsible to have so many children if you haven't the means to support them. I'd have thought that was something which we could all agree on, no matter what our politics.
This case illustrates the difficulties facing Iain Duncan Smith in trying to reform the welfare system. You can't blame people for not working if the state encourages them not to.
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