Over the weekend our prime minister, David Cameron, announced that the Tories, if they win the election, will conduct a purge on people claiming benefits "who cannot work because they are obese or have alcohol or drug problems."
An article in Saturday's Guardian noted that: " there are 300 HMRC employees investigative tax evasion of over £70bn, and 3 250 Department of Work and Pension bods chasing down £1,2bn of benefit fraud."
What I find shameful is not just that we have a party with such such despicable values, but that over a third of our electors are likely to vote for it.
At a time when many of our population claim no religious faith, and many others adhere to faiths other than Christianity* it is perhaps now tactless to cite the teachings of Jesus. But it is Cameron's party which is for ever banging on about this being a Christian country and insist that schools must hold regular collective acts of worship which are "predominantly Christian."
And of course, Cameron went to a School** with a Christian foundation, and which gets tax relief (avoidance?) on the strength of it.
The "goody" in last night's television adaptation of J K Rowling's "A Casual Vacancy" said "We must not turn our backs on those who need our help."
Cameron should call to mind what he learned at school.
* All of which, as far as I know, also teach some version of caring for our neighbour and the Golden Rule of "Do unto others as thou woulds't they would do unto thee."
**Eton, founded in 1440 by King Henry VI as "The King's College of Our Lady of Eton besides Wyndsor", for the education of 70 poor boys, who would then go on to study at King's College, Cambridge, founded in the following year, also by Henry VI. There are at present just over 1 300 successors to the 70 poor boys. Their parents or other indulgers pay £34 434 per year for each of their five years enrolment there.