Demonising the vulnerable is not the way to justify cuts

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Society’s poorest people have dominated the news this month and, for once, it’s for all the right reasons.

Specious references to the undeserving poor were knocked off news websites by the story of a New York homeless man finding and returning a diamond engagement ring.

‘I still have some character,’ he said.

Taxpayers Against Poverty published a report debunking coalition claims about workshy ‘Shameless families’. Then last week the Archbishop of Canterbury forfeited his apolitical stance to join other signatories protesting against welfare cuts and their impact on social justice.

The government has hard budget choices to make, but hopefully it will curb the urge to justify cuts by demonising the vulnerable.