More hate from the Daily Express



This is depressing but it’s a perfect example of the hate coming from the tabloid papers. The Daily Express main headline for the 2nd September 2011 is “4M scrounging families in Britain.” The text goes on to explain that there are nearly four million households where no one works.

Where do I start with this?

I don’t have the figures to hand, but I am sure that a fairly large number of those households are people who are too sick or disabled to work. There are approximately 2.5 million unemployed people in the UK, so even being generous and assuming that none of those on job seekers allowance are couples and so they are all living one per household, that leaves at least 1.5 million households that are living on Incapacity Benefit, Employment and Support Allowance or Income Support.

The editors of the Express must know this, so they have deliberately chosen to call people who are too sick or disabled to work “scroungers.” The word scrounger is a derogatory term intended to portray people as deliberately taking from others. Except they are wrong. I haven’t met anyone who is too sick to work that wouldn’t work if they could. Most of us who are sick or disabled are desperate to do something meaningful and worthwhile instead of feeling useless. Then there are the 2.5 million unemployed people – at the last count there were only half a million job vacancies for them to apply for. Half a million might be able to get work – assuming no turnover from other jobs into those vacancies – and the other 2 million can’t have a job. An insignificant number of those people might have the skills, ideas and circumstances to be self employed.  The editors of the Daily Express have no idea of how many households are made up of people who are able to work but do not want to. In the end it boils down to a deliberate attack on people unfortunate enough to have to live on state benefits, and the use of a derogatory term like scrounger is simply spreading hate. There is no excuse and the Daily Express should apologise.


Author: Latentexistence

The world is broken and I can't fix it because I am broken. I can, however, rant about it all and this is where I do that when I can get my thoughts together. Most of the time you'll find my words on Twitter rather than here though. I sometimes write for Where's The Benefit too.

17 thoughts on “More hate from the Daily Express”

  1. Very well said! Hundreds of thousands being made redundant, a generation are having their chances of finding a job, any job, slashed, thousands of parents unable to pay childcare in order to work and the disabled community who want to work but are also having their support to do so taken away. This government, and their tabloid chums make me rage. Their wreckless headline will convince some that anyone receiving any benefit is a scrounger.

  2. It should also be pointed out that this figure includes the households of retired people, and (whisper) the independently wealthy.

      1. Actually, when did/does the retirement age for women hit 64?
        I’ve also realised that in a roundabout way these figures could include some retired people over 64:
        Imagine a situation where you have a household with 2 adults, one of whom works and the other doesn’t, but doesn’t claim any benefits because they are either ineligible or have no need to because they can happily live from the one persons income.
        The working adult retires at 65, but the non-working adult is younger, say 60.  That household now consists of (at least) one adult between 16&64, and none of those adults are working.
        This household would be included in the economically inactive statistic, even though it is not claiming any benefits.

  3. Although the point you make about disability claimants is right, your numbers are wrong, because the statistics that the article is derived from are about households, not individuals.

    583,000 households (of the 4m) are unemployed.. 2.92 million are inactive – this includes disability claimants, but also includes students and households where the adult is looking after children, or caring for adults as well as other categories of people who are not working but are also not able to look for work

  4. One crumb of hope is that the DE at least is “preaching to the choir”. People probably believe this stuff before they buy it, otherwise they wouldn’t buy it!

    As you say though, it’s the generality of this coverage across much of the press that is scary. The country is lurching to the right.

    Though I think it’s the other headline on that front page which indicates what will drag more people over to the right. We’ve had a recession and riots. It’s a great time to play the race and immigration card. I dread to think what’ll happen at the next election.

    1. i wouldn’t worry about a far right party getting in. the left wing councils have been tampering with ballot boxes for years.and the “race and immigration card”
      is as predictable as the “4 million scroungers ” headline( just don’t buy or read papers that insult sick people)   . left and right politics have these annoyances.

      But! you cannot deny the link between the damages caused by uncontrolled mass immigration, and the mess we are in now. 30 years ago you could leave a job one  and get one the next day. the average house price was three time your yearly wage, and council houses were a plenty.
       mass immigration has sunk the NHS, flooded the benefits system, and
      denied the indigenous people, the luxury of getting on the property ladder, and having children..its almost! a bloodless ethnic cleansing here. you all know i am right here, but the brainwashing program of the last few decades has frizzled your brains.ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ”must kill shrew for speaking the truth.”

      1. missed the word” day ” on the line “30 years ago you could leave a job one  and get one the next day”

        silly me.

      2. I seem to remember there was quite a lot of immigration in the 50s and 60s, windrush and indian/pakistani immigrants, who we asked to come here to rebuild after the war… Does this not count as “mass” immigration?
        Did anything else happen around about 30 years ago that might have affected the employment situation for the UK?

        e2a: I have to ask, how does mass immigration stop people having children? I mean I might disagree with the other claims you’ve made, but at least I can understand the logical steps you’ve (probably) taken to get there, but I can’t see this one at all.

        1. , how does mass immigration stop people having children?
          i will give you a clue. immigrants have  a lot more more children than us. and they get priority over council housing stock. the government give them all the 4 and 5 bedroom houses.
          a white English couple in comparison  has to make do if they are lucky, with a 1 or 2 bedroom flat. ( controld ethnic cleansing)
          it is disgraceful the way foreign landlords own most of our private rental accommodation.
          charging astronomical amounts to our people. so they have little or no disposable income.
          they are blocked from buying a house. you know i am right here.
          as for “Did anything else happen around about 30 years ago that might have affected the employment situation for the UK?”  errrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr! let me see
          ah Tony Blar and his 13 years open door immigration. look how many wonderful Africans with 
          the AIDS virus have enriched our little island? and how many unwanted mosques have popped up in our inner city’s and towns. and finally the immigration of the 50s and 60s was a huge mistake. every politician ( even Bliar) has said so.

          lastly a couple of years ago i passed through Birmingham city center  my Brummie friend.
          i have never seen such a hostile bunch looking into the coach i was on. it was worse than Iraq or libya   if you cant understand my logical steps ( probably you cant)
          you have a walk around the bull rings, and do some mental maths. all those” Not english kids” will be adults in 15 years time . where they going to live?
          you will get a knock on the door by the muslim council, and they will boot you out to house them. or maybe not.
           you know i am right

          1. I’m going to break this to you really gently. It could take you the whole of the rest of your life to think this one through, but try to start today…

            “What the BNP and/or the EDL says” and “The ways things really are” are two separate, and largely unrelated things.

            Oh, and you know they call the Daily Express a NEWSpaper – that’s gross miss-selling.


  5. I hate headlines like this the government is all behind this.Theres not enough jobs to go round.I hate how they imply that so called “scroungers” are living a life of luxury on benefits.I dont think so i get £98 every 2 weeks whilst waiting appeal from my twATOS  medical.Hardly a life of luxury.The only people who live a life of luxury on benefits are those doing dodgy things to make extra money,cos theres no way you could life a luxury life on benefits.
    Id love to work but im not medically fit,Iam according to ATOS if you`ve a pulse your deemed fit for work by ATOS.

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