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I don't really have an issue with socialism, I have an issue with socialists telling me what to do and what to think.What a shame - I don’t have an issue with anyone disliking socialism or any other ism for that matter.
I simply asked how you categorise “real need”. What you seem to be suggesting is that you do it on an individual, almost case-by-case basis. Which is unworkable, because as with almost everything, you’d need to set some parameters in the first place before progressing further.
To add, if it’s done on a case-by-case basis, then it becomes arbitrary. For instance you may think that person who had a decent job, became unemployed & then developed an illness rendering him/her unable to work, as someone who isn’t in “real need”, whereas another person would think the opposite.
But whatever the discussion, blame socialism. An unhealthy obsession.
When faced with a difficult problem, I was taught that you looked at the parts of the problem that you could solve and dealt with them. So I would start with the easy stuff. Plenty of examples, those choosing to live on benefits as a lifestyle choice for a start, anyone committing benefit fraud, faking illness or infirmity. Start there.
I appreciate that setting standards and making decisions is difficult for you, but if you are going to start handing out taxpayers money, then it needs to be done. As always 'hard cases make bad law' but if you want money in sufficient quantity to genuinely help people in need then stop giving it to wasters and cheats.