Thursday, 11 August 2011

To the stupid woman seen on the BBC news reports from Manchester…


Dear Moron, 


Don’t be so silly. Please. I implore you.


Your kids don’t “have nothing”. That is a ridiculous statement.


What’s more, your anger appears to be mis-directed, you appear to be angry with the state and with other (generally decent) people.



Your kids have the same (provided by the state) opportunities for education, healthcare and social security that mine do. It’s exactly the same.



You yourself had the same (provided by the state) opportunities for education, healthcare and social security that I had. It was exactly the same.




The difference in the opportunities that your kids have is not because of differences in what the state offers, the additional opportunities that (I hope) my kids will have will be provided by me. In order to provide these I work very hard. If you are angry about this I strongly suggest you follow suit.


If you are unable, or unwilling, to put in some effort and get a career (or job) that allows you to provide the lifestyle and support to the kids that you want to provide then you need to seriously re-align your expectations.


As for your point about Mark Duggan, the man to whom you were talking outside the shopping centre makes a very valid point; it has nothing to do with the rioting/looting. I would like the news report to have included his full response…


Should there have been activity on the streets after this armed drug dealing scrotum was shot?


Well, yes, I think there should. It may surprise some of my friends to hear me saying that, but the streets should have been full of noise and activity. I think there should have been party poppers, ticker tape and marching bands.


Now, allow me to broach a subject that I know will cause you some offence, for which I apologise, but I feel it needs to be said.


The opportunities afforded to your kids by the state (which, as I established above, are the same as those afforded to mine) represents what can only be described as excellent value for money for you. Whereas, the same services represent less value for money for me, it’s not that I have fewer children than you (although I’m sure I probably do as both my wife and I have been able to successfully apply some basic self-control and family planning… sorry, I digress) or the kids that I have use less of the services available, it’s more that the mechanisms in place to fund them (they are free of charge directly, but are funded indirectly through taxation of various types) mean that I contribute significantly more.

That’s right, I contribute more, yet I don’t get more. We get the same.
Imagine that if you will.
Please, take a moment to consider it…


Allow me to tell a little story:

We (you and I) both go to a shop, we both buy the same block of cheese, you are charged £1 for the cheese, and I am charged £5 for the same cheese. It isn’t that I have better/more cheese than you, or you have worse/less cheese than I, it’s the same, and yet I paid a lot more for it.

Please indulge me while I carry this on another step:

We (you and I) both go to a shop, we both buy the same block of cheese, you are charged £1 for the cheese, and I am charged £5 for the same cheese. It isn’t that I have better/more cheese than you, or you have worse/less cheese than I, it’s the same, and yet I paid a lot more for it.

But then, due to the fact that you only had £1 but needed two blocks of cheese, the shop keep then gives you (for free) another block of the same cheese.
You now have two blocks of cheese, I still only have the one, you still only paid £1, and I still paid £5.
Imagine this scenario continuing for several years, each time you get an additional block of cheese without additional charge, and I still only get one block of cheese for my £5.
As I’m sure you can appreciate, the shop will soon go out of business if it continues to give away cheese to those paying the lower price for it, but the shop keep thinks it unfair to cover the cost entirely by raising his price to me, so instead he thinks that ending the free cheese deal (but still be prepared to sell you a block of cheese for £1, and only raising his price to me to £6) is the only way to remain open (and therefore able to provide us both with cheese).
While annoying to both of us, the shop keep has not targeted either one of us to keep him in business, you pay the same for the same cheese but don’t get any additional cheese for free, while I pay more for the same cheese.
Getting your cheese at the same low price, but no longer getting additional cheese for free, is something you’ll have to come to terms with. Sorry about that. But I’ve had to come to terms with paying £5 (now £6!) for the same cheese you get for £1.


Lastly, I would just like to add that your close supervision of your kids was admirable, to see that you’d clearly been keeping a very close eye on them all night (judging by the apparent lack of sleep you had before the interview and lack of time you had to shower, dress and prepare yourself to leave the house) and to want to take such an active part in keeping your children on the straight and narrow by escorting them around town is laudable. And to do all this while their father(s??) was out at work.


Great stuff. Keep it up.


Hopefully my sarcasm came through there. In case it didn’t, here is an alternate:


If you had a little more respect for yourself and your family, to say nothing of respect for others, you might be able to turn our life (and your kids futures) around. Try it, you might like it.



          Yours sincerely,




                    Me

Matt wishes to thank Dr Spencer Johnson. Without him the Cheese story above would nave been about a bottle of milk, or a loaf of bread, or something equally mundane. It works better when it’s about Cheese.

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