The Mail does again today what it does best - offers us a range of targets for our hatred and vilification. As Britain's bile spills over the breakfast table this morning at the 26 benefit cheats exposed on the Mail's pages, I really can't summon much spite. Had the paper pictured 26 bankers in their Surrey mansions enjoying the Spring sunshine at the taxpayer's expense whilst fleecing gullible widows and orphans, my bile would have risen with the rest of the nation's, but since the Mail is read by these bankers' wives I guess they're off-limits.
What the piece does demonstrate is the utter futility of Iain Duncan-Smith's Five Year Plan for Welfare reform, which just replaces one central Statist behemoth with a new central Statist behemoth. It is the remoteness of the State from the individual, and the separation of the Welfare process from the local neighbourhood and community that enables such petty fraud. As far as the Mail's 26 fraudsters are concerned, they're not robbing their neighbours but the State - it's like insurance fraud, innit? If benefits are funded and paid locally, by people who live in the same street, shop in the same corner Co-op, as these cheats then both deterrence and detection are hugely enhanced.
What a wasted opportunity.