A flawed welfare analysis

THE middle classes should surrender their entitlement to receive benefits in return for significant reductions in taxation, says the think tank Reform.

It's a nice idea in theory but in practice it's a total non-starter because that is not the way government works in Britain.

Ruling administrations of all shades view the middle classes as milch cows and always will do. Take the current example of those middle-earners set to lose child benefit worth around £2,000 a year.

Anyone hoping for a parallel proposal to emerge from ministers suggesting they be compensated with a £2,000 tax cut will be waiting a long time. So middle-class families should eschew the suggestion of Reform and instead adopt a slogan once used to great effect by Ulster Unionists: what we have, we hold.