both our lives have had ups and downs and we've got on with living: which is what I was on about.
If my family and I can have nice things, or go to nice places it's because we've earned the right to.
What I object to: and this does seem to be part of the Thatcher legacy is that those who haven't got or had the chance to earn a decent living for whatever reason are demonised as the underclass, and as scroungers, and 'chavs' when the vast majority are nothing of the sort.
This was brought home to me with the disparity of public and media attitude between Madelyn McAnn and Shannon Mathews. Also in the way that Shannon's mother's appalling behaviour after she was was exposed was attributed to all people who live in council estates.
When the unemployment figures go up and down does that mean that the number of 'scroungers' or lazy people go up and down? It doesn't.
The unemployed and the impoverished have always been derided the 'haves', it makes them/us feel better than 'them', anything 'they' do have they shouldn't have, and has been given to them by their exploitation of those who have. I don't accept this for by far the majority of people who live on benefits.
It's ok for some reason to mock 'chavs', or to enjoy the Hogarthian circus of the Jeremy Kyle Show. That kind of thing wouldn't be allowed if it were any other social group, and to me these attitudes whilst always present have become widespread and embodied into our natural psyche ovet the last thirty years and I think our way of life is the poorer for it.
Great post, and something I have said before, admittedly far less eloquently, on previous threads where this has come up.
These days I must consider myself one of the 'haves'. However I know in the past I have been one of the 'have nots'. I consider myself lucky in both respects; I can appreciate my current situation and how lucky compared to many that I am. I was the same person when living on benefits as I am now; no more or less ambitious or hard working.
I also appreciate that without a relatively short period claiming benefit I wouldn't be able to be doing the job I now have. JSA and housing benefit were what I had to rely on back in 1999 when I packed in my job to go to college in order that I gain the necessary qualifications to go to university.