If you are in the UK you may have heard of this woman, she went on a TV programme called this morning.
The basic of it was she has 12 children and wanted a 13th via a sperm donor, she was working 16 hours a week but the bulk of the money she received came from the benefit system.
I don’t know this woman and do I think this is wrong. Yes I do. This woman is just one of a few cases were the stigma of being on benefits comes from. It gives the impression that those who are on them, are scrougers who are earning a fortune. When in fact its very far from the truth and a large amount of people live day to day.
Yes the system is far from perfect but overall it does work. But this woman is going to be the person think of when parties say how benefits should be cut.
And while she did annoy me, what annoyed me more, was the fact she and she alone was responsible for this. I may not be great at sciences’ but I am fairly sure it still takes 2 to make a baby.
As far as I can find out the 12 children between them have 3 father’s. The last 6 by her (ex?) husband. Maybe we should pile a large amount of shit on him as well.
Added to this a petition has been set up demanding her benefits be slashed. She gets around £40,000 a year in benefits. Yes this sounds a lot but it comes to round about £275 a month per child. Which isn’t a huge amount if you think about it.
While this woman is abusing the system, the system has let her and to take money away from her now, is just taking it away from her children, why should they be punished for their mother.
People love to hate someone and at the moment its her, will it blow over, most certainly but the damage this lady, the press and This morning have done will be lasting, as far as I can tell no one has done a story on the flip side of people on benefits struggling. Those who have had their benefits slashed and have found the only way is suicide, these are the people who we need to hear about. The reasons why the system failed them. Not someone who can be used to help the Government push their cuts.