a hurtful, despicable idea

I get disability living allowance, and I don’t mind admitting to that, but I must say that I find this call in the daily mail for the publication of weathfare recipients details very offensive indeed. In fact it has made me quite furious. Of course, whoever wrote this article seems to think to perfectly reasonable, and that tax payers have a right to know where their money is going. I find the arrogance and patronisation staggering. We benefit claimants have rights too: a right to privacy; a right not to be seen as scroungers; a right not to be perceived as inferior to those who pay tax; a right not to be seen as the effective property of the state, as whoever wrote this article seems to imply we should be. Such a list would render anyone on it second class citezens, underlings expected to be grateful. I am beside myself with rage that such a hurtful, despicable idea could be seriously proposed in a national newspaper. It is one thing for me to chose to be open about claiming DLA, and quite another to be automatically placed on a list of ‘scroungers’.

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