Dean Wez - You’re not the problem, you just make it worse.
So I haven’t posted on here in a long time. I’ve been very busy, very tired, but mainly just a bit lazy. So I should probably be grateful to Dean Wez, because he’s just made me angry enough to kick me out of my procrastination.
Today, one of my Facebook friends ‘liked’ the following post by Wez, which is so horribly misguided that it would be funny - if it didn’t have 160,000 (and counting) likes:
Dear Mr Cameron - I need to buy a new gas combi boiler, but at over £1000 I can’t afford it, despite working 5 days a week, and here’s the reasons why (allow me to list just a few) >
Fuel Tax (utilities)
Tax on Savings & Investments
and then I read this……
"Somali family on benefits handed keys to £2million luxury ‘council’ home a stone’s throw from where Tony Blair used to live"
Give us a break Prime Minister, we’re working our balls off for our government to ignore us, it costs more to live than the amount I earn. Quite frankly, this needs to change. The working men / women can only take so much!
I look forward to your personal reply.
Now it’s not the aversion to paying any kind of tax that’s so depressing and infuriating about this post, all sorts of people are having a hard time because of government taxation policies (mainly the lack of them!), but the penultimate paragraph involving a ’Somali family’ supposedly living in a £2m mansion.
The idea that poor people (Somali or otherwise) living in expensive houses have caused or significantly contributed to Wez’s boiler and tax problems is reactionary, misguided and feels a little bit racist… No prizes for guessing guessing where he got that particular idea then..
Step forward that paragon of offensive, bigoted nonsense: The Daily Mail.
I’m not going to waste much time picking apart this article because it does a good job of parodying itself, but suffice to say Arthur Martin won’t be winning any journalism awards any time soon. I’d be flat out embarrased to hand a national publisher a 600 word ’story’ in which the only sources are a couple of angry locals and a member of the taxpayers alliance (small letters intended).
The outpouring of hate underneath Dean Wez’s post, directed variously at foreigners, benefit claimants and politicians was unedifying in the extreme for Facebook inhabitants. It’s depressing people are so easily fooled into forcing the blame onto those unable to defend themselves.
It’s a bit of a trend at the minute, spewing your sob story onto a government or corporate facebook page in the hope of garnering a few thousand ‘likes’ - at first some of these posts had me nodding my head in agreement, and despite the ineffectual medium used, feeling a bit better about the level of apathy surrounding anything even slightly political (ie everything) in this country.
Things soon started to degrade though, the personal trials people were whinging about publicly started to edge away from the mildly plausible, slowly getting more outlandish until we arrived at the present situation where every day my Facebook feed seems to throw up a stream of outright lies from strangers (“I work 90 hours a week and pay £4000 in gas bills!”).
Raising complaints with those in a position of power is essential in any democracy, but “I have it harder than you” popularity contests on Facebook have absolutely zero chance of affecting anything, if only because they’re all diluting each other.