The Scandal Of Subsidising Miserly Employers

Published on 03 December 2013

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by Respect Party


London, England

George Galloway
George Galloway

The taxpayer is paying benefits to more than 4.2million households in Britain where one or more parties are working, according to parliamentary answers to questions from Bradford West MP George Galloway. "And it's a scandal that we are effectively subsidising miserly employers to the tune of more than £5 billion a year, companies who are paying the minimum wage insufficient to bring their employees above the poverty line. We are all paying so that the workers in these exploitative companies can keep a roof over their heads and their children a calorie or two above malnutrition," the MP said.

Galloway continued: "We need to scrap the minimum wage and ensure legally that all employers pay the living wage. That will take away most of the taxpayers' subsidy to these companies, which is the way it should be. No doubt we'll hear the employers' representative whinge that they can't afford it. Poppycock. We abolished slavery a long time ago and the minimum wage is just a legalised, dressed-up version of it."

The MP added:"Of course these are national figures and we know that in poor areas, like Bradford, the concentration will be much higher than one-in-six homes (there are 26 million households in the UK). You have high unemployment - almost 13% in Bradford West - and if you've got a job the likelihood is that you'll be claiming one means-tested benefit or another. And of course it will get worse as the welfare cuts continue to bite. George Osborne claims the economy is on the mend. Well tell that to the men, women and children in more than four million homes who can't earn enough in proper jobs to make ends meet."

Stephen Ward was innocent, OK!

George Galloway has submitted the following parliamentary motion about Stephen Ward who was wrongly convicted of living off immoral earnings, and committed suicide. He featured in what came to be known as the Profumo Affair.

Miscarriage of justice against Stephen Ward

That this House notes that Stephen Ward was convicted by a jury in 1963 at the Old Bailey of living off immoral earnings; believes this to have been a miscarriage of justice brought about by an Establishment seeking to deflect attention and responsibility from John Profumo; regrets that Stephen Ward was driven to suicide as a result of the witch-hunt against him; and calls on the government to publish the transcript of the trial at the Old Bailey, the evidence provided to the Denning Inquiry into the Profumo affair and to refer the conviction of Stephen Ward to the Court of Appeal as a potential miscarriage of justice.


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Posted 2013-12-03 16:15:00