I was in the pub yesterday and one of my pals was slagging off benefit claimants, saying that the majority are 'people, families with loads of kids etc. abusing the system, living a life of luxury in mansions... if I was prime minister I would take their benefits away' (or something like that). This person is in a job he hates and is blaming his fellow working class victim for his problems, seemingly unaware that the rich are getting richer. Stuff like this bemuses me to no end.
Same guy also said uni students who don't go to most of their lectures should have their tuition fees doubled, and pay a tuition fee for the rest of their life if they fail their degree, because 'it's their fault for being lazy and wasting away their uni loans' (good thing I didn't tell him I failed a year). He said it in a way that sounded as though they should be punished, forever. By the sounds of it this person had a financially rough upbringing and has 'learned to appreciate the value of money' by getting a job and all that, but it's almost as though he thinks no one at all should be allowed to have an easier life than him, or have anything handed to them if they do less work than him - but only if they're from a poorer background than him; it's ok for rich people because it's assumed they've worked hard for their money, I'm guessing that's what he thinks anyway.
Oh, and he's also in favour capital punishment.
I feel terrible bitching about this person on the internet but I had to let it out. Other than that he's actually a nice person, but his views scare me a bit. I mean, there is a case for them - *some* people are benefit fraudsters and *some* students do mess about at uni - but so fucking what, right?
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