There are no snappy answers to benefit reform; in a soundbite age, that’s how the Tories win

It should be no surprise to learn that the Tories are using false arguments to win over the public in the debate on social security reforms.

Joe Halewood hit the nail on the head in his article about the extra cost of social housing for families with higher incomes:

A problem in challenging any of the Conservatives alleged ‘welfare reforms’ [is] this area of welfare benefits and tax credits is a complex one to understand and takes a detailed consideration to explain and reveal the impacts.

Today’s politics and media demands and only facilitates short, sharp punchy explanations and allows Governments (of all persuasions) to get away with a lack of scrutiny because we all demand quick answers and all only appear to have the time for them.

Something has to change as even global figures which the IFS released in March this year to show the four HB reform policies of (a) bedroom tax, (b) benefit cap, (c) LHA cap and (d) SAR changes collectively COST £1 billion plus per year and did not save the public purse at all.

If we carry on failing to scrutinise policy implications such as the HB reforms reveal and continue to only believe the rhetoric of in this case IDS then we deserve what we end up with.

Something has to change!

It’s called ‘argument by question’ and involves asking your opponent a question which does not have a snappy answer – or in this case, presenting an argument to which there is no snappy, easily-understandbly answer. Your opponent has a choice: look weak or look long-winded.

That’s the choice the Tories have been presenting to their opponents. Their argument isn’t right, or even clever; it doesn’t have to be.

All the Tories have to do is present a case that is difficult to unpick.
Source: Pay MORE to Stay – £230 pw rent increase | SPeye Joe (Welfarewrites)

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3 thoughts on “There are no snappy answers to benefit reform; in a soundbite age, that’s how the Tories win

  1. mrmarcpc

    Trick is to outsmart and outmanoeuvre them, then they get stuck and trapped like deers in headlights and then you see them for what they really are!

  2. oldcumudgeon

    With a little knowledgeable import, I think there is something to say (I am not that knowledgeable) The poor do not have access to enough government money or services to have much of an impression on the national debt?

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