Is it any wonder they say you shouldn’t discuss politics?
I actually disagree, I think we need to talk about it more. But in a way that is neither narrow-minded, simplistic nor judgemental.
The recent budget is a kick in the teeth for many, an uncertain future for most and something to celebrate for a minority.
What has been clear with the budget is just how judgemental we are in general.
The snide comments and outright nastiness directed at large families has been shocking but not unexpected. The assumption that people should only have children for which they can financially provide for is ludicrous.
How many parents today, can hand on heart say they can guarantee their income and financial stability until all their children leave home.
No one can, shit unfortunately happens.
From April 2017 child tax credit will only be paid for the first 2 children, and whilst in general I agree that families can not keep growing larger when there is no way to support the ever increasing costs of raising families, families also shouldn’t be punished for things out of their control.
As I said, shit happens.
In an ideal world there wouldn’t be redundancies, families wouldn’t break down, partners wouldn’t die and we’d all be ridiculously healthy living within our financial means.
But alas, shit happens, events out of our control happen which knock us for six, make life difficult and at times mean people need a helping hand. We can’t plan for all eventualities, can you imagine living life constantly worrying about these things and never daring to realise your dreams for fear that one day in the future you wont be able to sustain them?
What a horrid way to live, and just as horrid is judging those people who have experienced the unexpected and need a little help keeping their children fed, keeping a roof over their head and warm during the colder months.
I hope those making sweeping judgements today never have to face the unexpected when these benefit cuts are enforced.