Thursday, August 29, 2002

LEFTIST THINK TANK DEFIES EXPECTATIONS: FINDS ARSE WITH ONLY ONE HAND, COMPASS AND INSTRUCTIONS.

Off to the UK Telegraph for the revelation that The Catalyst Forum
has found that there is no permanent underclass.
The pamphlet quoted figures showing that 39 per cent of children were in the lowest part of the income distribution for at least one year from 1996 to 1999, but that fewer than half of those stayed in that poverty bracket for the whole four years.

This directly contradicts the UK's chief architect of their welfare policy, who believes:
that a third of Britain's children were born into poverty and that "if we do nothing, these children will not only be born poor, but they will live poor and die poor".

There is a permanent underclass. It's comprised of those with a vested interest in maintaining the poor in a state of permanent victimhood. Any attempt to give responsibility (power) to the poorer members of society is always met with accusations that it is "punishing the victims".

In the UK and Australia, we have the insane situation that poverty is defined in relative terms. In our case, it's a percentage of average male weekly earnings. This has the bizarre effect that when a minimum wage rise is granted, overall poverty increases. If Bill Gates moved to Australia, poverty would increase. Near as I can tell, the only way to reduce relative poverty is to actually reduce incomes across the board.

I guess the poor really always be with us.

Thanks to Iain Murray for the alert.

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