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Reader’s comment: This toxic entitlement culture

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In response to Alp Mehmet: Wishful thinking over immigrationPoliorketes wrote:

There are quite a number of posters implying that the decay we’ve seen in many cities is down entirely to the influx of newcomers, and I can’t help but think that’s missing an important point.

I look at Windrush, when two of my grandparents arrived in the country. You see photos of people from that era, all of them well dressed and clearly proud to be in the ‘mother country’ doing their part to help rebuild. My grandparents worked and never claimed benefits; to do so was a badge of shame, a sign that you couldn’t support yourself and your family. They were married until they died.

The changes came with the next generation and especially the corrosive influence of the Welfare State. When a man no longer has to worry about providing financial support to his offspring, the consequences of a promiscuous lifestyle are greatly reduced. When a woman has the option to ‘marry’ the state, she has less incentive to be careful about her choice of partners and work on dealing with problems in their relationships. Most of my aunts and uncles have never married, some of them effectively have multiple families. I have a lot of cousins, some of whom are repeating that same pattern of fragile relationships.

This pattern isn’t limited to the descendants of immigrants either, there are many equally broken white, working-class households as well. It’s not simply a facet of ethnicity, but of income. The reason you see more immigrant families in this position is that they are more likely to be poor. Though it should be said that adding still more poor people via immigration does nothing to help.

The idea of money for nothing creates a toxic entitlement culture, the proceeds of which we are seeing today.

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