The Continued Demonisation of the Poor
April 5, 2013 4:53 AM   Subscribe

After "unemployed father-of-17 Philpott was jailed for life on Thursday for killing six of his children in a house fire", Chancellor George Osborne said, "I think there is a question for government and for society about the welfare state - and the taxpayers who pay for the welfare state - subsidising lifestyles like that, and I think that debate needs to be had."" Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls criticised Osborne, saying, ""George Osborne's calculated decision to use the shocking and vile crimes of Mick Philpott to advance a political argument is the cynical act of a desperate chancellor ... But for the chancellor to link this wider debate to this shocking crime is nasty and divisive and demeans his office," he added. "
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