16 Aug '11, 2pm
Taking benefits away implies living in a society where our basic needs are up for grabs | Fayyaz Muneer on#londonriots
So are benefits a right or a privilege? The rights that we have connect to the kind of society we live in. If we don’t want to live in a society with high levels of homelessness, deprivation, and hunger, we must take benefits to be a right, not just a privilege to be taken away at the Government’s whim. The MPs found to have been less-than-honest about their expenses did not lose their rights to expenses in the future. Numerous MPs, including Harriet Harman, complained that retrospectively applied new expenses rules were “arbitrary ”. The Liberal Democrat Under-Secretary for Transport Norman Baker complained of fundamental errors in the new expenses rules. Yet retrospective rule-making is exactly what the Government is doing now.