Wednesday 1 March 2017

Clamping down on a non-existent crime

The tsunami of fraud that allegedly plagues social welfare simply doesn’t exist

Gene Kerrigan

Gene Kerrigan

Illustration: Tom Halliday
Illustration: Tom Halliday

There was a time when you lost your job, or you got old or you had an accident and what happened was your family faced starvation. The State didn't care. Charity was hit and miss.

Crime was endemic, as people literally fought for the scraps that would feed their kids. The most ruthless prospered.

In this part of the world, just over a hundred years ago, there were the first stirrings of a civilised response to the slings and arrows of events beyond our control.

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