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Shock! Horror! Nick Clegg and George Osborne have changed their tunes since entering government.
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To be honest, I was beginning to think I imagined the DLA/Cameron story despite it being shown twice in two hours on the Beeb. Anyway, I scoured around and there are other blog posts about it - basically just saying the same as me - I couldn't believe it when I heard Cameron say he found filling in the DLA forms for his son difficult.
So I didn't imagine it but clearly the press, MPs and Ministers, political commentators and all the rest don't seem to think it's a big deal. I think the hypocrisy, the moral high ground with the rest of the population on welfare etc etc makes it a newsworthy story and they shiould be challenging him over it.
Whjatever happened to investigative journalism and holding Ministers to account?
That's the problem Lou. The media and this lot are a tangled web of deceit. It's an interesting development over Simon Hughes saying something very different to Clegg over welfare, he says they won't give these reforms approval. I wonder what spin they will put on it. It could just be contrived though to make it look at though they are the new voice of reason, I don't trust any of them!
Lou: I'm not sure how old Cameron's children are or how many he had prior to the arrival of Florence Nightingale, but assuming he got the highest rate of the care component for Ivan for a few years and got Child Benefit for two of his children, he's had around £25,000 out of a system which he now condemns. I've no problem at all with that and believe in non-means tested benefits except when it's paid to someone who has the gal to tell us such payments have no place in society? How perverse can it get!
That's my point Nick, it is perverse.
I'm a great believer in DLA not being means tested but that doesn't mean that those who have plenty of money should be applying for it.
It's a question of morals. I just think Cameron's claiming it smacks of the whole 'because I can' attitude of the expenses fiasco.
This isn't an issue about Ivan, may he rest in peace, this is an issue about his parents taking money from the taxpayer that they could easily afford a million times over themselves. If I won the lottery tonight and claimed DLA whilst a millionaire, what would the Daily Mail, The Sun and Express type papers have to say about that? I'd be mugging the taxpayer wouldn't I?
How Cameron can justify taking the moral high ground and punishing the poorest in our society given his own claims, DLA or expenses wise, is beyond me.
Some of us clearly do have morals and some clearly don't.
Mehdi Hasan is a contributing writer for the New Statesman and the co-author of Ed: The Milibands and the Making of a Labour Leader. He was the New Statesman's senior editor (politics) from 2009-12.