Socialists always punish successful people and reward unsuccessful people. They call this social justice. Which is a huge lie because it is anything but just. And it is a big reason why every Labour government ever has trashed the British economy and why any future Labour government would do it again.
Let’s look at the two kinds of poverty.
Firstly there is absolute poverty. 1.1bn of the 7bn people on planet earth suffer from this. It is defined has having an income of less than $1.25 per day. It means usually going to bed hungry and not being able to provide the basics of existence for a family. There is none of this in Great Britain.
Secondly there is relative poverty. In Britain this means only having a 40 inch television and only having an iPhone 5. In reality it means having a better lifestyle than a doctor or lawyer had 60 years ago. Anyone who watches the various “benefits” related TV series will know this.
When lefties spout on TV about the number of people in poverty in Britain going up or going down it sounds like serious stuff. But it isn’t. You are being deceived. Because the definition of poverty in Britain is having a household income 60% or less than the national median income. In other words poverty in Britain is actually being quite rich. And remember that the statistics only cover formal economy income, so informal economy income is making these “poor” people richer still. The last time we had real poverty in Britain was after WW2 when Clement Attlee starved the British people for six and a half years, whilst there was plenty of food available.
This measure of poverty means that if everyone is a millionaire, but some have more millions than others, then we would be calling millionaires poor. It is ridiculous. During Gordon Brown’s recession the economy retracted by 7%. The brunt of the effect of this was taken by rich people, whilst “poor” people on fixed benefits were hardly affected at all. This meant that because the official poverty figure is based on a median and there were less rich people, statistically there were also far less poor people, yet their income had not increased. Once you understand this you will treat UK poverty figures with utter contempt.
When it comes to real, absolute poverty capitalism and world trade are the only solution. We have seen the amazing results that they have achieved in Asia and are now starting to achieve in Africa. From 1990 to 2010, the number in poverty fell 50% as a share of the total population in developing countries, from 43% to 21%, a fantastic achievement, most of which came from adopting Thatcherite economics.
When it comes to “poverty” in Britain there are a couple of ways to reduce it. The first is to fix our execrable education system. 40% of school leavers are innumerate and 20% functionally illiterate. So a very high number are totally unfit for the labour market. Our lefty teachers and their “progressive” education methods are largely to blame. The second is to reward strivers and not to reward shirkers. The exact opposite to what Labour do. So people who work and achieve must not be punished and the feckless workshy underclass must be forced into work. The Conservatives in government have made huge advances in fixing education, but there is a vast amount more to do. Ian Duncan Smith and George Osborne have made great strides in getting people back to work by making it a better option than benefits. But you know that any Labour government would undo all these fantastic achievements.