We are probably all aware that before she became a world wide success, Susan Boyle lived on Welfare Benefits and lived in the family home, alone, the only home she had ever known. Through no fault of her own Susan lived in diminished circumstances. She was born, by her own admission, with slight learning difficulties and nursed her elderly mother.
There are many like Susan throughout the UK. There are also many who can work, but choose not to and it is they who should be the target of the Government.
If Susan had not succeeded in her quest to become a recognised singer she would probably still be living on State Benefits. However, in all likelihood, Susan would now be facing very big problems.
She would be moved, by the Government from her present benefits to their new benefit and would be told, not asked, to go look for work or face losing her benefits. Even worse, under the new Housing Tenancy rules, she would probably be told to leave the only home she ever knew and moved to a smaller house/flat/apartment.
UK readers will recognise the scenario. Overseas readers, of whom there are many, should understand that this is what our Coalition Government are going to do. Happily, Susan is now out of the Welfare trap but there are hundreds of thousands, living, as Susan did pre BGT, and waiting for the axe to fall.
The axe is held by an idealogically driven Government, the sons and daughters of Thatcher and her like, who became Members of Parliament to do exactly what they are now set on doing. In short, they knew the answers to their questions before they even asked anyone to look at the problem.
Sadly, for many hundreds of thousands who live, as Susan used to, on benefits and low wages, the price to be paid is a price no civilised society should be asking it's neediest to bear.