George Osborne followed conventional wisdom yesterday, littering his speech with political wisecracks made at the expense of the Labour Party. It worked in the conference hall, raising laughter among the gathered delegates, but in a tiny one-bed council flat on a run-down estate just 10 minutes down the road, an uneasy silence fell.Because here’s a typical example of the problems we have developed in our society:
Emily Young is a teenage mother who gets by on benefits on the Welsh House Farm Estate in Quinton, a suburb of west Birmingham. She doesn't laugh, or even care about Mr Osborne's jokes. "That's the problem," she says. "I just can't engage with someone like him who has no idea what it's like to struggle to get by."Whereas you could engage with the likes of Gordon Brown? Because correct me if I’m wrong, but he’s not exactly a pauper, is he, for all he reduced the country to that state..?
"I want him to tell me what his cuts are going to mean to me; I want to go to university so I can get the education and job that will give my son a better life. I'm not interested in his snide jokes about the Labour Party."Well, that does at least sound as though she has a smidgeon of personal respo…
As Mr Osborne continues, she talks about her upstairs flat and the area. "I suppose the people are friendly enough but I just keep myself to myself," she says. "I moved here to be close to college, the council assigned me the house, I had no choice in the matter. Me and my boyfriend want a larger flat together so that our son can live with his father, but we're on a waiting list."It upsets you that you are on a waiting list for a larger house paid for by working families, yet it never occurred to you to go on a ‘waiting list’ before breeding?
Yet, incredibly, the ‘Indy’ reporter thinks this might be a future conservative voter!
…Ms Young is exactly the sort of person the Tories are trying to reach out to. Her circumstances are difficult but she aspires for something better and wants to work. "I'm not sure I will ever be able to get on to a law degree," she says, "but I refuse to complain. I have my own life and it is my responsibility."Ah. A law degree.
Because we desperately, desperately need more lawyers, right?
And you consider that to be your responsibility, yet not breeding until you can support a child clearly isn’t?
Although she has been placed in a flat in Birmingham, Ms Young – originally from Weymouth – still has to get up at around 5.30am to get her son ready and get to college.Oh, my heart bleeds for her! I have to get up at 5:00am in order to get everything ready to go to work to earn tax to support the freeloading little cow!
"When I get home, I have to get the pram upstairs by myself, that's tough," she says.You clearly don’t even know what the word means…
"It would be nice to have a park I felt safe in and even a leisure centre, I love swimming but there is nothing around here," she says, adding that none of the politicians seem interested in those issues. "That's why I feel disenfranchised," she says.
Ms Young admits she did not even know the Conservative Party was holding a conference down the road…Well, she’s clearly cut out for university!
"A year ago, I was offered a temporary job but I would have been worse off if I had taken it because I would have lost so much in benefits. If they make it possible for someone like me, I would love to go out and work."Well, the 'Indy' is certainly right about one thing: she's exactly the sort of feckless, welfare-dependent baby-breeding machine that the ConDems need to 'reach out to'. It's far too late to reach some, who are now so mired in the life of living off the state that they are beyond help.
In order to impress upon them that the money tap is slowly and inexorably being turned OFF. And not before time.