Article entitled: "Why work when I can get £42,000 in benefits a year
AND drive a Mercedes?"
For reference, http://www.xe.com/ says that £42,000 is just over
$65,000 in US dollars.
Who knows if Mail Online is a legit paper or not? Foreign newspapers
all seem like the National Enquirer to me...
Yikes. I don't know how anyone can think that their behaviour is ethical.
Couple of points:
About 20% of their income (carer's allowance and disability living
allowance) is because one of their children has a skin disease.
The "council tax benefit" appears to be a tax break rather than real income.
As I've stated a number of times, we generally follow the UK about 5 to
10 years when it comes to social and cultural issues.
Thanks to congress, and an ill-informed, under-educated electorate, we
are right track.
Yes really. Unless you've lived and worked in the UK for some length of
time over a 45 year span, it is unlikely that you would have sufficient
perspective to recognize the dwindling differences and the growing
The increasing, everyday, 'nanny state' pervasiveness, and all that it
entails (from privacy issues, to government intervention in every aspect
of life) that has been rearing it's head here in the last thirty years
roughly parallels that level of social phenomenon in the UK some 40
Cherry picking a few high profile issues from the web won't debunk the
So? I was married to a British subject for 15 years, lived in the UK for
a good part of that time and worked, on the local economy, WITHOUT the
benefit of a US government "stationed there" salary, and also have
numerous relatives there, including a daughter and two grandsons.
So, now that you started this little pissing contest, tell us exactly
what makes you think your experience trumps mine, eh?
You tried to with your "not really", but it didn't work. You don't get
perspective by simply being born somewhere, or being "stationed there".
How about Sharia law adoption for starters? See how we fare here in
another ten years. Add ubiquitous surveillance cameras, about 1 for
every 14 people in England about ten years ago and rapidly growing here.
How about DNA databases of citizens? England already has the largest per
capita DNA database in the world, see how long it takes for us to do the
same. Hell, you can even go back to the Beatles shaping of our youth
culture, or TV programs like The Office, or American Idol, which are
only a couple of countless spin-offs of a British programs which did not
become popular until they succeeded in the UK.
So, "yes really".
I wasn't just born there, I spent a large part of my childhood there. Right
across the Nationalization, NTM Rationing.
And I am deeply connected. My Sister, my parents, before they died,
inumerable, aunts, uncles and cousins.
How about an Example, not a prediction? And not inconsequential stuff like
the Beatles and TV shows. National Health Care, Nationalization of Railways
and Airlines, ban on firearms, ban on death penalty. Something of
Now, it would be laughable, if it wasn't so damn sad, that it was the
following remark in this thread that initiated our two small minded
cavilers to get their collective panties twisted in such a fashion:
"As I've stated a number of times, we generally follow the UK about 5 to
10 years when it comes to social and cultural issues. "
Shame on both of you ... one would think you could find something more
offending (and you both were obviously looking for an opportunity) to
piss your pants and take exception to.
Discernment is obviously not your long suit, particular when it comes to
the difference between "social and cultural", and your political and
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