‘Poor’ deserve better treatment
DAVID Quinn’s article ‘Welfare state robs poor of incentive to work’ (Irish Independent, February 25) could have been written by Mr Brocklehurst in ‘Jane Eyre’ and was, for a man who seems to pride himself on his religious beliefs, as unchristian a piece as I have ever encountered.
He depicts the poor as lazy, feckless scroungers, continually on the make, whose only ambition in life is to get something for nothing.
The proof of how “the poor” behave in egalitarian societies that offer opportunity and support to their citizens, married or not, negates his narrow-minded claims. All sociologists point out that the greatest barrier to upward social mobility is the jealous guarding of wealth, education and the opportunities for advancement.