The now infamous pages 10 and 11 of The Daily Express, Saturday July 24 2010
So reports The Guardian on David Cameron's tough action on benefit fraud today. What I don't understand is how Benefit Fraud seems to cost us £5.2bn now, when it was less than a fifth of that in 2008/9. Or could it be that rather embarrassing little word that politicians hate to admit - "error"?
And why is the media hell bent on exposing low level fraudsters when tax evasion costs the Treasury £30 billion a year? Is it really okay to celebrate Paris Hilton's profligate waste of £290,000 opposite a measly £900 of rent money dipped into by a single mum? What is it - bash a beggar month?
No. It's more sinister than that - because as close runner up to the horrors of being a benefit screcipient is the fear of becoming one - not so implausible when you look at the distribution of income: