First off, incredibly sorry for the lack of blogging lately. Exams and all that are finally over for nearly of all of us in BULS so normal blogging is now commencing.
Anyway, sorry if you’re not her biggest fan but Poly Toynbee did probably a brilliant article on the rise of the Chav. She points out that this in fact a derogatory term, a term of class-hate and despite the hate it ensues it is an acceptable word unlike other hate terms such as “paki”, “nigger” and “faggot”. Now this disregard for the supposed “under-class” has been going on for around thirty years unchecked (thank you Maggie) and is probably best symbolised through the rise of the “benefit-scrounger”. But benefit fraud is a major threat to society isn’t it though? No, the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) latest figures shows that benefit fraud (including so-called “benefit scrounging”) costs the tax payers £1.6 billion. Now not only does this merely account to 0.7% of the benefits bill but it is literally a drop in the ocean compared to the estimated £70 billion which is lost each year through tax avoidance (mainly through the financial sector). It’s only when you realise this that it becomes apparent that despite what the Daily Mail and Express and the Jeremy Kyle show might say it, “benefit scroungers” are the very least of our worries.
So when ever you hear the word Chav being used please don’t accept the term and be critical as yes, there has always been a problem with benefit fraud throughout the Welfare state’s history. But when it becomes apparent that the problems have been shifted on to a comparatively non-issue, you know we’ve got deeper problems.