The writer AN Wilson gets it right. There was a third accomplice with Mick Philpott, the Welfare State
The writer AN Wilson has a piece in the Daily Mail that has hit the nail right on the head when it comes to the background to the Philpott child killing case. Here is a ‘man’ (in the broadest sense of the word) who created children he had no intention of paying for, and worse saw his offspring only as a meal ticket for more benefits and a bigger house.
Sadly Philpott, although unusual in killing his children in a vile attempt to smear others and gain material advantage, is not the only person who feels no shame about poncing. There are ‘Philpott types’ up and down the country in every town and city who game a welfare system that has defrauded those honest taxpayers who paid in to the National Insurance system for decades, in order to support those who are undeserving, in a style that many working people cannot afford to have.
The existence of a welfare aristocracy has been exposed not just by this tragic case but also by the fact that there have been 878,000 Britons who have dropped their benefit claims rather than having their fake so-called ‘mental illness’ or ‘bad back’ conditions exposed by medical examination. That figure alone should alert people of the appalling extent that fraudulent claims were accepted by the Welfare State.
No sensible or reasonable person would want to see a society without a safety net, but far too often what was intended by people like Beveridge as a safety net has instead become a hammock for the terminally idle.
There are two questions that must be asked about this case. Firstly, would Philpott have had so many children and been such a vile and violent ponce if the state had not fleeced so many taxpayers to pay for him and those like him? Secondly, where were the social services, who are often so eager to remove children from those parents and foster parents who have political views which social workers disagree with, in this case?
The average British worker has via this appalling case, seen the extent of welfare funded idleness, cruelty and depravity that exists and hopefully it will be a spur to proper reform of the welfare system. This should mean benefit being dependent on community work, limits on the number of children for whom benefit can be claimed for and a policy of favouring those who have paid in to the system or who contribute to it in other ways.
It is long past time that the Welfare Kings and Welfare Queens whom the Philpott’s are but one awful example, were tipped unceremoniously from their amply padded thrones.
AN Wilson said:
“What the Philpott trial showed was the pervasiveness of evil caused by benefit dependency. The welfare state, which was designed to provide a safety net for those in genuine need, worked only in those vanished times, more than half a century ago, when there remained a culture of honesty, respect for the police and the law.
Those of us who grew up in ‘Austerity Britain’ thought of William Beveridge with his compassionate report, which invented the welfare state, and Clement Attlee, the prime minister who put it into account, as heroes, and we thought of ourselves as their children.
They were heroes with the most honourable of intentions, determined that the conditions they had witnessed during the 1930s and the war — hungry children suffering from rickets and tuberculosis, appalling housing conditions, the persecution of the unemployed — would never come to Britain again.
In post-war Britain, where there was high employment and everyone had to accept a low standard of living, it really looked as if a just and decent society was being formed. A society in which benefits helped those who genuinely could not help themselves.
But in time, the welfare state became an exercise in Whitehall empire-building.
Ever more people were entitled to welfare and, understandably, ever more people grabbed it. When Attlee left office in 1951, we spent just £700 million a year on welfare (not including health and pensions), which accounted for 4.7 per cent of Britain’s gross domestic product.
By 2011/12, the benefits system had become an uncontrollable leviathan and we were spending more than £200 billion a year — even allowing for inflation, that’s 13 per cent of GDP.
With such sums being disbursed so readily, little wonder there is so much waste and fraud. Until recently, more than two million people of working age claimed disability benefit.”