So in the last few months of news there’s been a lot of talk about benefits being capped, MP wages rising and corporation tax etc etc. Now everyone has an opinion on this whether you like it or not or whether you care or not; you’ll instantly feel one way or another when hearing or reading the varied news reports.
I personally am split with the capping of benefits and bedroom tax because on one hand you hear of families who have no intention of ever working and are 3rd and even 4th generation unemployed and over that time have learned how to work the benefit system and can be earning more than a working family with the same number of people under a roof but in a better financial situation; that i think is very wrong. I don’t think anyone on benefits who has no clear attempt at working should have any form of luxury in their life, it’s this mentality that gives the benefits system a bad name, sucks it dry and when someone actually needs help they are treat like the scum of the earth (i’ve experienced it and it’s horrible).
At the same time i don’t agree with the bedroom tax (can’t remember it’s real name but i don’t anyone knows it’s real name except the people who wrote the bill). To put it simply people on any form of benefit who have spare bedrooms have their benefits reduced as they should be living in a smaller home with no room to spare; because we all know moving is the easiest thing in the world and there’s plenty of housing just lying around waiting for under-privileged families/people to move in. People have spare bedrooms for a number of reasons: their child could be a soldier and only be in the country 6 months a year, a member of the household could be disabled and require a room to keep all the equipment required to make their life liveable or someone has left to go to university and all of a sudden theres a spare bedroom; are they expected to then move houses because someone has moved out, that’s ridiculous. It may surprise you to know that the UK pay out more in state pensions than benefits anyway, and these pensions go to pretty much anyone, even rich people who don’t need it; maybe look at not giving pensions to people who have over a certain amount in the bank at retirement age.
Now while all this is going on, the independent board for controlling MPs wages and expenses (started because the greedy bastards were charging for moats and drawbridges of their castles in Oxford) have stated that MPs need a raise to around £72,000 p/a as a starting salary, from around £65,000. Now that is a shit load of money. Yes they work and live in London, yes they have to buy two pricey ill-fitting suits to wear forever and yes they are trying to run the country so the stresses and strains of their personal finance being not an issue would help them run the country. But if they earn so bloody much what the hell do they need expenses for, now i earn around a quarter of that, live on my own in leeds city centre and can cover all living costs and tax etc plus a bit left to chip away at that student overdraft, surely they could easily live on less. I understand that they are serving the country and that is a big responsibility but as far as i’m concerned, serving the country doesn’t mean having a lavish life and huge wages, not quite “all in this in this together” are we Mr Cameron with your high salary, millionaire wife, inherited deluge of money and smooth forehead.
Although on the other hand the good salary allows for under-privileged MPs to have a chance at being an MP; commonly known as Labour. For instance if you didn’t get a decent salary as an MP then no one without an outside income could become one, meaning only the countries elite (pfft the pompous out of touch toffs) could afford to become an MP and that wouldn’t work as a system. But i still think the salary needs to be lower, it’s not the biggest cost to the country but as Tesco (cheap waitrose with a lot more jeggings, fake tan and horse meat for anyone who isn’t sure what that is) would say ‘every little helps’ and would also give a good message to the country of poor hungry families.
I also think that MPs shouldn’t be allowed to be affiliated with other businesses or companies, as some MPs are directors and CEO’s or on the board of director’s of businesses and that makes them bias (such as the blank packaging of cigarettes being denied could be to do with an MP being affiliated with the tobacco company therefore damaging his wage from them) and they won’t be clearly paying full attention to what they’re supposed to be doing, SERVING THE COUNTRY. And removing this would help towards them being un-bias and would have to live on their MP wage rather than accepting payouts and salaries from other companies; and would actually pay attention to their job.
Now onto education reform and the waste of space and polyester otherwise knows as Michael Gove. Our education system does need seriously looking at in this country, maybe look towards Finland who have one of the most successful and cheapest education systems in the world, why i hear you cry, because it’s individualised to the student with minimal testing that focuses on how the student learns and how well they are doing and isn’t all about learning a set of useless facts and information to get through an exam. Our education system leaves no room for creativity, individual learning or alternative methods, for example when i was at school (2002-2007) i hated maths, it was my best subject of the three main ones but i still hated it (i quite enjoy bits of it now and it comes up in the world of TV quite a lot with frames and under/overcranking, slowing footage down by certain percentages etc), the reason was because i never understood the reason behind what we were learning and also the methods forced upon us; i therefore used my own methods to get to the same answers and was punished for it. I was never praised for having my own method or for not just giving up, but instead when i couldn’t use the method we were meant to use i’d make my own and get to the same answer; maths is just rights and wrongs, the working out isn’t what matters, it’s the result. And i think our education system and the students themselves need to learn about how each student learns, how they understand things and how to catch their attention. I didn’t enjoy a single subject at school enough to carry any of them on in real life and therefore this combined with dyslexia lead to a short attention span with subjects i didn’t care for, but Religious Studies took my attention enough to take it at GCSE, i’m interested in other cultures but the main reason was the teacher. He was enthusiastic, fun and mostly he gave a shit, he made the learning memorable, helped you when you needed and tried to understand why you did what you did. The way our current system is to force useless facts that are just to get you through the exam, anyone who has gone through school will know that a year later everything they learned was near useless in actual life, we need to be teaching life skills, useful maths, practical Science that can be implemented later in life (and no not crystal meth recipes) and English that makes you understand the language and how to use it properly, please lets abolish text speak, there’s no need for it now that texting is better and costs less.
For bills and public services i would want everything controlled and managed by a responsible government on a non-profit design, like it used to be till it was all sold off by the torries; look at Japan for their train system for god’s sake it’s efficient, cheap and works so well if you are late to work you get a refund and a note to prove why, here you pretty much get slapped each time you step on an over cramped, slow replacement train service that’s 40 minutes late and heading in the wrong direction . This would mean more transparency, cheaper bills, cheaper trains, cheaper busses and when there is a profit it gets piped back into the service to improve it rather than the hungry pockets of the board of directors.
And last but not least taxes, why do massive businesses and millionaire celebrities get away with millions of pounds of taxes being taken from the UK and other countries, but if we owe even £1 to HMRC they’re on you like a blood hound hunting for your throat. This is a global thing more than just us but it makes no sense that countries allow money to be shipped around to who charges the least tax without a question. Why isn’t tax calculated in the country the business is being conducted in, if i was google or apple and made £150million of profit in the UK i’d expect to pay the tax relevant in the UK, and the same for each other country. I don’t know a hell of a lot about global moneys but surely our country’s bank account wouldn’t be quite so dry if people paid their tax properly.