The bitter welfare war between Labour and the Tories escalated last night after George Osborne linked the Mick Philpott case to the shake-up of the benefits system.
The Chancellor was accused of ‘demeaning his office’ – simply for pointing out that the appalling case strengthened the need for welfare reform.
In an extraordinary reaction from Labour, the Chancellor was described as a ‘disgrace’ for making his comments on the day that father-of-17 Philpott, his wife Mairead and accomplice Paul Mosley were jailed for burning the couple’s six children to death.
The jury at Nottingham Crown Court had heard that one of the motivations for Philpott’s sickening crimes was his desire to get his hands on the benefits money which vanished when his live-in lover left with their five children.
I think there is a question for government and for society about the welfare state, and the taxpayers who pay for the welfare state, subsidising lifestyles like that.
The Chancellor is right the welfare state has been creating feckless chavs like Philpot for years. Child benefit should only be for two children maximum and benefits capped at £18k.
Social Housing should be limited to 3 bedrooms maximum.