Friday, January 13, 2012
Welfare Cuts in the UK
On Wednesday the 11th January the House of Lords was debating the Welfare Reform Bill. They won the vote, by considerable margins, on three major amendments which they had tabled, in an attempt to mitigate some of the severest effects that the cuts will have on sick and disabled people.
Here are two articles appearing afterwards, in two newspapers at the opposite ends of the political scale.
Sonia Poulton in The Daily Mail - 12.01.2012:
We're all desperate for welfare reform, Mr. Cameron, but hiding the truth is not the way to achieve it.
Polly Toynbee in The Guardian - 13.01.2012:
Cameron's problem is that people are nicer than he thinks. When these welfare changes come into force, their savage effect will be seen – and then the public mood will turn.