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    (Original post by MatureStudent36)
    Se pol pot noodles post. He explains the flaws quite reasonably
    Rather than just deferring to one of your more learned colleagues, could you indicate which which parts of the OP's post you believe to be *******s and why?

    Most of the points made seem quite accurate to me.
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    (Original post by InnerTemple)
    Rather than just deferring to one of your more learned colleagues, could you indicate which which parts of the OP's post you believe to be *******s and why?

    Most of the points made seem quite accurate to me.
    . In each year of the Coalition the rich have paid a larger percentage of tax than any single year of the 1997-2010 Labour government. Corporation tax has risen in each year of the Coalition and is almost back to pre-recession levels. It is an indisputable fact that the Coalition tax the poor less and the rich more than Labour did. Stop listening to tired bull**** Labour rhetoric and get a grip, we can't keep putting off having to deal with ballooning welfare costs by dismissively blaming everything on the rich.
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    (Original post by MatureStudent36)
    . In each year of the Coalition the rich have paid a larger percentage of tax than any single year of the 1997-2010 Labour government. Corporation tax has risen in each year of the Coalition and is almost back to pre-recession levels. It is an indisputable fact that the Coalition tax the poor less and the rich more than Labour did. Stop listening to tired bull**** Labour rhetoric and get a grip, we can't keep putting off having to deal with ballooning welfare costs by dismissively blaming everything on the rich.
    Ok, and how about the rest of what was contained in the OP's initial post?
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    (Original post by InnerTemple)
    Ok, and how about the rest of what was contained in the OP's initial post?

    That pretty much covers it all.
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    THANKYOU

    There was one horrible lesson I had to sit through where we had to watch a documentary on Philpotts. I kid you not, the actual discussion that followed was that people like *this* had to be sterilised. Brought up by the teacher, and nearly everyone, in the forty people who were squashed into the room, agreed - I was one of the three people who actually said how we didn't agree (tbf there might have been more but they were keeping quiet). This wasn't just a one-off: this was an actual lesson planned by the teacher, encouraging people to discuss the issue, and we were the sixth class he'd done it with in just that week. My friend had a similar lesson with him a few months before, and had actually went up at the end of the lesson and told him how awful she thought it was, which he apologised for but clearly took in to no consideration.

    Maybe I was just extremely uncomfortable anyway because I really am not into that sort of forceful removal of rights, but it made me sick. These people weren't trying to be horrible, they genuinely thought there were loads of people who just scrounged of benefits, but they were just in the end attacking lower class people. As you would, because when actual scroungers are a minority, it'd be difficult to completely seperate out the good from the bad. Even people who I know aren't from well of backgrounds thought it was appropriate to talk about people like this. And thankfully, the teacher did make a point of saying "we're all on benefits benefits aren't bad we all need them" but...its very difficult to talk about if you weren't there, but the line between "scroungers" and "poor people" bent a lot. They kept changing from people who steal benefits to people who need excessive amounts of benefits. No one thought it'd be a good idea to sterilise the politicians who stole money, for instance, or rich people who hide excessive amounts of money away overseas to avoid paying tax. The sterilising idea, by the way, was to "stop people like *them* reproducing". The idea was, said in a nicer way, that "we don't want any more chavs" because only the poor scroungers would produce horrible, chavvy, scrounging children.

    I think people get very worked up about benefits because its our taxes - we don't like seeing so much of our money going on people who don't need them, or you may just not want to be associated with (elitism). Probably because I don't pay them yet, but surely its like stealing a fancy television, for instance? We save up lots of money so we can afford it, while someone is able to just walk in and take it and not be convicted of anything through police-failure. Meanwhile the company who produces the TV will lose custom through that, maybe having a knock on effect for workers. Obviously its something most peopled don't see as OK, but seeing actual robberies being so highlighted in the press doesn't seem as often as messing with the benefits system, or apparently doesn't have as important consequences.

    My thoughts anyway.
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    (Original post by MatureStudent36)
    That pretty much covers it all.
    It really doesn't.
 
 
 
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