Iain Duncan Smith has stated that he could live on £53 a week: a media stunt that will attract the raucous cries of the Left on heat; attracted lovingly to the pheromonal stink of Tory contempt for "scroungers" and the "undeserving idle". It is not my goal to join the crapsourcing of mediocrity; where a thousand voices join in error. But I do not wish to give this Minister the benefit of the doubt. He is wrong.
He is wrong because government policies and the monetary debasement they sponsor prevent anyone from living off this sum. Let us take the staples. There is no free market in food so the poor are forced to fork over far more than is affordable so that they can subsidise the agricultural sector. Petrol is needlessly expensive forcing many to pay more for public transport, for the goods that they buy and for the car that they would have been able to afford, except for the fuel escalator. And you need a car to get to a job. And in a lunatic dash for decarbonisation: consumers are forced to pay ever higher amounts forgas and electricity in order to subsidise renewable energies and destroy British industry. The choice between eating or heating is not a myth for many. This is all undertaken by the government.
So, remove the subsidies and the taxes on even sinful activities; prevent all monetary debasement and the inflation that erodes living standards: you could live on £53 per week. Destroy planning laws that afflict the housing sector and you could include rent too.
But don't say that you can live on £x a week when you know that your own taxes penalise the poor in their pocket.