That’s it; a small gesture to make life easier for people on disability allowance or pension credits. So, how do the Mail frame this?
Outrage over Royal Mail plan to offer cheaper stamps to five million claiming benefits
Ah, okay. So who is outraged? That’d be Tory MP Nadhim Zahawi. The former entrepreneur said:
“How are they going to do it? How are they going to police it? If you go into a Post Office wearing a scruffy coat, will you get cheaper stamps?”
Zahawi was educated at Ibstock Place school (current fees ranging from £2,000-£5,000 per term), and King’s College (£4,600 – £5,800 per term). Since graduating from University College, London, he has had heavy ties with the Conservative party. Do you think he knows what it’s like to be so poor that buying stamps is a difficult choice, rather than an irrelevance? Of course not, the dick.
Any more outrage? Step forward Emma Boon of the Taxpayer’s Alliance, a rent-a-quote who would complain about ANY Government spending:
“This is a ridiculously complicated way of solving a problem that only exists because of Royal Mail’s inefficiency.”
It does sound ridiculously complicated, doesn’t it? “Could I have six first class stamps at pension credit rates, please?” “Of course, do you have your pension card?” “Yes, here it is.” How can anybody expect to cope with this level of bureaucracy? It’s political correctness gone mad, Stew.
We’re not convinced that this is such a disaster: giving a bit of help to those who need it over a time where money is tight anyway. But no, not to the utterly heartless fuckheads who feel the need to vomit their comments (“vomment”) on every article.
Will someone please remind me just what the incentives for working hard are again?
– Hard working tax payer, England, 28/2/2012 23:58
If you’re materialistic; a house, holidays, a car, a TV – all things that are out of reach for the very poor, which is why this small gesture is so fucking appreciated. You’ll notice that up there, nobody has said, “actually, we don’t think anybody needs help with stamps”, ‘cause, er, they do. The TaxPayers Alliance is strongly linked with the Tory party, and brilliantly, their director pays nothing in tax in the UK.
This is the most ridiculous thing I’ve heard
– nic, up north, 29/2/2012 6:09
Oh, “nic” – if you just checked the tits and hate sidebar, you’d find FAR more ridiculous stories: Amy Childs bought a burger! Rebecca Ferguson wore trousers! Carol Vorderman weighs more than she used to! How is the fact that these are stories on a national news website any less ridiculous than offering a small discount on stamps?!
My wife and I often joke that we would be better off getting a divorce. She would have my daughter, every benefit going, a bigger house and now, for the love of God, cheaper stamps! After tax and other deductions, I only take £10k more than the proposed maximum for benefits claimants. How can that be? How can I work up to 60 hours a week, for only 10k more than someone who stays at home all day? Please, please, someone start a revolution. Clear out the MPs, wasters the lot of them, who do nothing more than an unemployed person but get twice the reward. When will this stop? Give me my country back! The country that had one of the largest Empires the world had known, the best industry, army, police, statesmen, etc.
– Can Cook, Won’t Eat It, London, 28/2/2012 23:52
We award points to this guy for working 60 hours a week for £36k; for attemping to instigate a revolution on the Daily Mail’s website at midnight; and for referencing the Empire. Plus, a bonus prize for having such a tenuous grasp on reality that he might as well be describing the state of Narnia.
Our absolute favourite comment is this, with a mildly right-wing agenda, particularly for the incredible use of the “name and address” box:
Why are the people on benefits being encouraged to never work again. Benefits should be set at less than an OAP receives. per week as an absolute maximum. At least the oaps have worked and earned their very poor at least by European standards pensions. No cash should be paid to any benefit claimants, they should be given food stamps, no TV licenses, no cigarettes, no alcohol, no holidays, these are the luxuries you work and earn money to pay for your self.
– mike expat Brit oap cheated out of State pension increases, paid UK tax for 60 , years because I chose to retire aged 75 & live in Khon Kaen, Thailand., 29/2/2012 3:47