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The War on Raspberries - Craig Murray

It did not used to be difficult, until around 1980 the Tories launched an extraordinary campaign to drive pickers out of the fields. Berry pickers, they decided, were an unacceptable part of the informal economy and were not declaring their income on benefits claims. Suddenly teams of besuited benefits inspectors started appearing among the raspberry canes demanding social security numbers. People signing on for the broo had to produce their hands for inspection for berry stains. There was a campaign in the rabidly Tory Courier newspaper which even alleged that Tayside berry pickers were a major source of funding to the IRA!

by generic on Thu Sep 13th, 2018 at 09:58:44 AM EST
Ha, yea, but ever since time began, governments have appease those who believe benefits are "something for nothing" by ensuring that any money earned above and beyond your basic entitlement was taxed 100% until you earned enough to get yourself ooff benefits.

And to ensure compliance with declaring small incomes, the punishments for not declaring such incomes were draconian, even before universal benefit was a gleam in the malignant visions of IDS.

People have long argued that it is easier to work yourself out of benefit if you can earn money in part time work. But that would interfere with the tory reflex to inflict harm on the poor, so.....

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Sep 13th, 2018 at 09:29:42 PM EST
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