marduk wrote:Also known as a Ponzi scheme. You have to keep finding ever increasing numbers of suckers to pay off the earlier ones. Unfortunately, it would take probably at least 10 new taxpayers to support one old person so the population would have to increase tenfold every generation. You would soon require the entire population of the world to immigrate to you country.
Agreed - definitely a Ponzi scheme. Immigrants pouring in, very few of whom work and the vast majority of whom will be on the dole as soon as their feet hit UK soil.
More and more bludgers, fewer and fewer workers. Not a pretty picture.
At least Australia has got the right idea. IIRC, you need to have lived there for at least two years before you are eligible for welfare. Good stuff. It should probably be longer than two years, but that is a start.
Now all they need to do is to get tough with the boat-people heading there from Indonesia.
If I were the Aussie PM, I would get the navy to tow every one of those boats back to Indonesia. You probably wouldn't even need a frigate to do that - a few offshore patrol-boats and a few tugs would do the job. After a couple of dozen have been towed back, I'm sure they would get the message.
Aussie has every right to keep queue-jumpers out, but they are doing abysmally at that at present.
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