I couldn't help but notice the way he sneaks this in at the end:
Others such as religious fanatics claim welfare so they can pursue their private obsession.
Sometimes this is in direct conflict with the State which is giving them this subsidy.
For example, it was reported yesterday that the 'hate' preacher Anjem Choudary claims housing benefit of £1,300 a month to rent a £320,000 property in East London owned by his wife's family.
Choudary calls job-seekers' allowance ‘jihad-seekers' allowance' and justifies such benefit claims by saying: ‘The money belongs to Allah and if it is given you can take it.'
Unusually, the comments are unmoderated, which has led to an interesting split. In amongst the typical (and top-rated):
Benefits also allow the worst elements of the underclass to breed in ever-increasing numbers, producing yet more defectives, ineducables and future criminals. We're replacing the hard-working and decent, who can't afford to have multiple children, with the products of the lowest of the low.
- Kate Evans, Nottingham, United Kingdom, 3/6/2013 6:43 125
there's also a fair bit of criticism, e.g.,:
I will be putting in an official complaint about this article. I have never seen such dross, and such blatantly prejudiced scapegoating in my life. It's not even well-written. I particularly enjoyed the suggestion that everyone claiming benefits is stupid ("few intellectual resources") the mention of Philpott wanting to keep his girlfriend's welfare payments (I wonder how many crimes are committed because people want to cash in on life insurance policies...don't see any sensationalist headlines about that. Money is the cause of many crimes, welfare claimants do not have the monopoly on greed...far from it in fact) and the fact that the journalist provided A QUOTE FROM A READER EXRESSING THEIR OPINION as if it was some kind of 1) factual source and 2) a great revelation. Don't understand how this journalist can live with themself. Presumably they get well-paid for demonising the poor, pandering to the government's agenda of social engineering and economic terrorism. DISGUSTING.
- Lea32R, Wirral, 3/6/2013 19:52 88
"Is there a link between life on welfare and the vile crimes which appear on our daily news schedules?" No but there's a link between being a DM 'reporter' and being a complete and utter ****.
- MarkSmith, London, 3/6/2013 19:34 79