Saturday, 16 May 2015

Stop being stubborn, and get on with the Welfare Reform! If Austerity doesn't work then explain the seven year low of unemployment in the rest of U.K?

Stop being stubborn, and get on with the Welfare Reform! 

If Austerity doesn't work then explain the seven year low of unemployment in the rest of U.K?

N.B. The use of the word "retarded" is only used to reinforce a point. I am aware it is not politically correct and I apologise if it does cause offence. 

The Northern Ireland assembly is facing gridlock as parties cannot agree on the welfare reforms. Arlene Foster (the newly appointed Northern Ireland Assembly finance minister), has warned that if the assembly does not reach a conclusion within a fortnight, it will cost the assembly £500 million. Sinn Fein party members argue that the rising austerity imposed by the conservative government is causing a "huge hole" in the assemblies budget in addressing issues on welfare and disabled members of the community.

Jeffery Peel debating this issue on  "Nolan Live" stated that the amount of people claiming Disability Living Allowance(DLA), is twice as high as those claiming it in Great Britain. I have since checked this claim, and it is true, 1/10th of the population in Northern Ireland are claiming DLA. I'm sorry but I do not believe that 10% of the citizens in this country are severely disabled to the extent that it has an effect on their day-to-day lives. Northern Ireland is a special place due to the history of it's people, not special because Northern Ireland is twice as disabled as Great Britain! I'm sure nationalists would love the headline:"Northern Irish twice as retarded as the English!"

Austerity clearly has worked in the rest of the U.K.: Unemployment has reached a seven year low. Sinn Fein do have a place in the Northern Ireland Assembly, they represent the nationalist and republicans. However, their mandate is not as strong as what the conservatives is. Edwina Currie on Nolan live pointed out that Sinn  Fein had not gained any extra seats, the Conservatives and the Unionists had. I do not agree with everything the DUP stands for (they are too socially conservative for me), but I do respect democracy.

As well as having a stronger mandate if you research the backgrounds of members of Sinn Fein compared to the Conservatives, the Conservatives  are more educated and represent the UK better. This is because their party members socioeconomic background is much more diverse than Sinn Fein (who tend to only be white, male, Irish and Catholic). Thus as well as the Conservatives having a stronger mandate from the election, their backgrounds reinforce they are deserving of it.

The First Minister Peter Robinson, has stated that he believes that Westminster will take the Welfare power back off the Northern Ireland assembly, instead of letting the assembly face government inertia, resulting in a mountain of fines! Is this what the people of Northern Ireland want? Is this what we voted for? No! Years of fighting for democracy for then to have a democratic power to be taken off the assembly due to Sinn Fein being ridiculously stubborn, over welfare when the amount of people on benefits in Northern Ireland is paramount to the rest of the U.K.! Get your act together, stop acting so childish, or else Northern Ireland faces either huge fines or a democratic right being taken away from it and given to the English and that truly would be "retarded" and thus the headline "Northern Irish twice as retarded as the English" would be very deserving!!

References

  • http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/may/13/uk-unemployment-falls-as-wage-growth-rises
  • http://www.poverty.org.uk/i15a/index.shtml
  • http://www.publicfinance.co.uk/news/2015/05/northern-ireland-%E2%80%98faces-further-cuts-without-welfare-reform-deal
  • http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-32652290
  • http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-32758936
  • http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-32714202
  • http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b05v2sv6/nolan-live-series-4-episode-1




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