The speech delivered yesterday by Liam “Sorry There’s No Money Left” Byrne, the Shadow Work & Pensions Secretary, was a desperate last ditch attempt to save his job in the Shadow Cabinet, as he is widely tipped for the sack in Ed Miliband’s upcoming reshuffle. It is, frankly, laughable for Labour to talk about wasted money given that they have voted against every single measure put forward by this Government that is designed to deliver £83 billion worth of savings to the Welfare budget.
Labour want people on benefits. They have spent decades building up the Welfare State, ensnaring more and more people in it, and breeding a culture of dependency on the State, under the calculation that those who are dependent on the Welfare State will vote Labour – because Labour are the party of the Welfare State. They do not care if their policies mean people on benefits making more money than the average hard-working family earns through an honest day’s work and they do not mind one jot using that family’s hard-earned taxes to maintain unsustainable levels of spending on a bloated Welfare budget. They want unlimited amounts of benefits to be a ‘basic human right’. Labour have even gone as far as to ban the word ‘welfare’ (in favour of ‘social security’) in the hope that people will forget that they are The Welfare Party.
Hard-working people who do the right thing support what the Coalition are doing on welfare. Labour have got it wrong yet again. It’s the same old Labour: opposing plans to mend our busted Welfare State and demanding yet more spending, ever more borrowing, and increased debt. This is why the country can never trust them again.