In a shocking blow to Cameron’s planned welfare reforms, it appears that the squeezed middle classes and now turning on the vicious benefit slashing agenda. It is quite likely that many Daily Mail readers were horrified at the thought of having to accommodate their adult children should they be unable to find well paying jobs when they leave university.
Whilst the poorly thought through plans have been met with a mixture of ridicule and contempt elsewhere, Cameron might have thought the Tory press would stand behind him. And (with the exception of The Sun) by and large they did. The Sun knows that many of their readers will be in low paid work, or pensioners, and likely to be claiming Housing Benefits themselves. It appears that the The Mail are not quite so in touch with their readership.
Housing Benefit is fundamental to the Welfare State. Paid to those in and out of work alike, as well as parents, pensioners, sick and disabled people, it ensures, in most cases, that people have somewhere to lay their heads at night. Cameron has assumed that people won’t understand that Housing Benefit is a crude sticking plaster for an out of control private rental sector. It’s unlikely Cameron has ever even had a conversation that wasn’t stage managed with someone claiming Housing Benefit.
This is in stark contrast to the baby boomer Daily Mail generation, many of whom have working class parents, who may even now be claiming benefits towards their housing costs. They are the generation that got lucky and in many cases benefited from soaring house prices. They can see that their children are unlikely to be quite so lucky.
Slowly but surely the scrounger stories are being replaced by tales of homelessness, food banks and cancer patients being stripped of benefits. Perhaps people are finally waking up to the stark reality, which is that the Welfare State is good value for all but the very rich and it won’t just be the poor who suffer should it be dismantled.
It’s not just Daily Mail readers who have rejected the ludicrous proposals. The Daily Telegraph ran a similar poll the day before Cameron’s speech asking the same question. Once again Cameron’s plans were roundly rejected.
So desperate were The Telegraph to prop up Cameron’s welfare onslaught that they ran the same poll the next day – changing the wording slightly in the hope of a more favourable result for the Tory Party.
It didn’t quite work out the way they hoped, with even more of their readership rejecting the plans – around 70%.
Unlike the Tory Party cabinet, most people aren’t multi-millionaires. Even those on the political right seem to be waking up to the Bullingdon Boy’s onslaught. Unlike Thatcher, with her council house give away, Cameron’s Tories have never had anything to offer the working class. These polls reveal that even those in leafy suburbia are turning their back on the ex-etonian and his chinless chums.
One of the highest rated comments on the Daily Mail’s coverage of Cameron’s speech reveals what most decent hard working people think of this toff Government and their banker cronies:
“Demonising the poor to deflect attention from the scum that put our country in this financial disaster. Why aren’t these City Of London/Wall Street criminals in jail, yet?”
A statement that more and more people will agree with as the public school Oxbridge elite cause yet more havoc in the lives of all those who weren’t born with a silver spoon jammed down their throats.