The poor you will always have with you – and they shall vote Labour
And a few days ago, he gave his much-lauded ‘Compassionate Conservatism’ speech, outlining his plans for social renewal. He spoke of community, of relationship, of civility and courtesy – of the need to change our culture.
Today, there is a by-election in Glasgow North East where a scandalous 30 per cent are unemployed and claiming benefits; life expectancy in the poorest areas is just 60.2 years – worse than Bangledesh, Iraq and Uzbekistan. Several primary schools are facing closure, healthcare is manifestly deficient, and poverty abounds. The former-Speaker’s constituency is ranked 7th in the UK for the highest rate of benefit claimants.
And Labour will win the seat, just as they have for the past 74 years.
There is no salvation in Socialism. There is no social justice, no economic sense, no equity, no progress.
Statistics sometimes speak for themselves: sometimes they are convoluted and complex; sometimes they just confirm the bleeding obvious. In this case, it is simply that Labour relies on the votes of the poor. The more people are dependent upon the state, the more likely are they to vote Labour. Ergo, in the naked pursuit of power, there is no incentive for Labour ever to tackle poverty, unemployment or the spiralling welfare bill which presently stands at a colossal £165 billion a year.
The Lord said that the poor will always be with us. He must either have foreseen the rise of Labour or the invention of 'relative poverty'.
Commons seats ranked according to the number of benefit claimants:
(click each table for a clearer view)