Jay's Journal

The Welfare State

Posted on: November 9, 2014

My father was in the same boat – however, he was an alcoholic so we suffered due to that – he was in and out of hospital with various things due to the drink and not once was he looked upon as a waster. He could get job after job and in-between times he would sign on the dole.
Yes we suffered as a family and didn’t have the clothes, the shoes etc.
My two boys worked like mad before leaving school although the eldest is now disabled and registered blind – a brain bleed whilst having an operation recently 😦 He worked really hard up to then and has yet to take up or claim for anything even though he has 3 children.
My youngest works for RBS in a middle management position.
I am extremely proud of them both, working or not, but I know that they have paid taxes for years – they are both in their mid thirties now.

SMILING CARCASS'S TWO-PENNETH

Now, way back in the 60’s I can only remember my dad being ill. I have vague memories of sitting on the back step, him coming home with a packet of sweets- Werther’s toffees, as I remember.

Beyond that, I remember the struggle he and mom had to look after us; we never had the things the other kids had, but we had love. Some poor kids never had that, despite the comparative wealth of their parents.

Now I have two kids, both in their 20s. My daughter is a manager at MacDonald’s, my son a dry wall and ceiling fixer.

Both doing well, me a caster, too earning good money.

Without the welfare state, my dad may well have not survived; without the welfare state, I may not have survived and it stands to reason, my two tax paying kids may not have even existed.

Do not let the…

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