I’ll answer that straight away: because it pushes responsibility onto the parents, rather than on governments that cause the poor economic conditions that push families into poverty.
There are certainly situations in which people may be said to be having too many children.
Any parents having families of four or five children while unemployed and with little likelihood of gaining work that could cover the costs of looking after them would be in such a situation.
And there is an argument that some teenagers become single mothers in order to benefit from the system, although This Writer does not believe that is true of most cases; the far more likely reason is that their relationships fell apart.
Some couples have large families because their religion demands it. Are the Tories proposing a new crusade against Catholicism in the UK?
And of course – underlying all of the bluster, there’s the fact that childbirth in the UK is falling, and families with the average number of children are also struggling.
This is a serious issue because it means that in the future the UK’s economy, with fewer earners, will be unable to sustain its support for (to give one topical example) pensioners.
One stop-gap answer to that problem is to bring in immigrant workers who boost the economy by paying tax into the system like everybody else. But the Tories are putting a stop to all that with Brexit.
Another solution would be to increase the wages of the people who take home the least in pay.
But Tories like Councillor Mike Bird would never accept that; it would stop them or their industrialist/business friends from accruing fabulous amounts of cash they can never spend, putting it into offshore bank accounts where it will do nothing but attract even more cash in interest payments.
And people like Cllr Bird know what they are doing. The know they are contradicting themselves.
But they also know that people don’t think about that. They only hear the divisive “blame the poor; blame benefit claimants” rhetoric.
And that is how they get away with it.
A Tory councillor said families are suffering from food poverty because they have too many children.
Councillor Mike Bird made the incendiary remarks during a debate about the need of food banks in Walsall on Monday.
The leader of the town’s ruling Conservative administration said that families in areas such as Palfrey, where food poverty is higher than other parts of district, tended to have larger families they could not afford.
“The crux of that is you can only have what you can afford. The root cause of this on many occasions is that the family is too big.”
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