Whilst I recognise the problems we have as a country financially, I also see huge sums of money given to the undeserving and non-contributors. For example, recently there was one adult male who had spent his life between prison and claiming benefit who stated that he had no intention of ever working - at least legally.
Many years ago the inmates of our prisons were given work to do - manufacturing mail bags, mending the armed services boots and similar. Obviously these types of work no longer exist, but I feel certain that something better than those occupations currently provided which would generate good for the country could be found. It may even stimulate some, on release, to find productive employment.
There are others (e.g. girls that deliberately get pregnant to get a house/flat and benefits) who obviously are unwilling to obtain gainful employment. Such people should not be treated as victims - the children may be though - and should be stripped of benefits and put into organisations where child care is provided whilst they are put to work.
I feel UK society has become far too free with handouts to the undeserving at the expense of both those who genuinely need help and the taxpayers. Perhaps we would not need to tighten our belts quite as much if those who currently fail to even attempt to pull their weight were forced to do so.
"I just don't understand why people buy that rag..."
They buy it because they enjoy reading it, which is just about the best reason possible.
It's fashionable to denigrate the Daily Mail, and I'm certainly not about to champion the quality of its hard news journalism, but it would be silly to dismiss it as just a 'rag'. It provides a huge number of people with a good deal of enjoyment.
I wonder which newspaper alan 14 reads? I read the Mail, mainly because I like the various puzzles!! Also because its views and reportage are , I find, not too bad. Quinten Letts is excellent on his Parliamentary reports and on his theatre criticism. Every newspaper has some mavericks, but readers soon learn to filter out the extremists.