They wanna talk face to face with the CEO of Coronavirus.
I wish the UK was as sensible, but the tories are terrified of anything that might look like universal basic income in case people realise it's actually a pretty sound idea. Instead, if you're employed you get 80% of your salary up to 2,500 a month, if your employer is honest and wants to do the paperwork. Otherwise, he can choose to fire you, or reduce your hours to 0 a week and not apply for the government help, and you're screwed. If you're self-employed (or fake self employed like Uber drivers) you currently get 94 a week if you fill out a load of forms. There's talk that maybe they'll start paying them based on the average income of their previous three years or bollocks like that. And if you just work for cash in hand (think buskers, casual labourers, drug dealers), you get nothing at all while forced under penalty of law not to leave your house. So that'll be nice for them, in a few weeks from now.
Honestly, they should just have given every single person a payment large enough to compensate for being deprived of the ability to earn a living. Every single person is suffering the same loss of liberty and opportunity, every single person deserves the same compensation. That just doesn't compute to the Tory mindset. It would be 'rewarding lazyness' or something.
The Conservative party won't do it because their entire manifesto is "We are the only non socialist party in the country".I mean... UBI's usefulness is debateable and it certainly allows for abuse. I made no secret of my left-leaning tendencies but at the very least it'd have to be combined with work programs. But with this kinda healthcare crisis destroying the economy, you need to unstuck that shit. If they don't pass some kinda help UK will get fucked, and so far UK has been more sensible than the EU. So... as against my nature as this may be. I'mma tell you to have some trust on your politicians for once. You brits are too cynical sometimes.
Imagine telling a populous that have been fucked by a giant expensive government program (The NHS) that the solution is yet another giant expenive government program.
The previous points are divorced from the question of whether UBI even works. My money's on no.
The whole issue is: Where does the government get their money? The populace.
In the best case scenario you get exactly what you pay in back (all the legal administrative buggery notwithstanding). In the more realistic scenario (Since there are people who WON'T be paying) you pay money in to get less back. What is the point of this excercise?
In the more more realistic scenario, on top of that the politicians all take a cut and you get even less.
Targeting wealthy companies and individuals won't work as they already pay a pittance in tax, have loopholes up the arse to keep it that way and all the politicians are in on this racket. It's a lost battle.
The only entities who will be taxed are the normal everyday people and small businesses and even if all the "big entities" were somehow forced to give up their shekels they'd just raise all their prices rendering everything moot.
Resources aren't generated on their own. we're far FAR away from that potential future scenario. Who gets to choose not to work?