(ed: this is about britain – but it is also about here in new zealand – where the big-lie told by our tories is the boast about the number of people they have kicked off benefits being an indicator of the success of their policies..)
The Conservative-led governments of the past seven years argued that declining unemployment rates are a sign that austerity is working.
In the wake of the financial crash – in which banks collapsed and ATMs were hours away from refusing to dispense cash – David Cameron – George Osborne and their colleagues argued that there were too many skivers sleeping off a life on benefits while everyone else – the strivers, as they were labelled – trudged to work to support them.
Cutting benefits would solve all manner of problems: it would get the skivers back to work – bring public spending down and be good for the general health of the economy.
Like the unemployment statistics these claims are deceptive.