READ a news item recently about a couple who’d been claiming benefits while sailing round the world on a luxury yacht and another today about someone claiming sickness benefit and then being photographed at the gym. The total fraudulent claims were around £75,000. All three had been sent to jail. “Quite right too” would have been my reaction just a few weeks ago. Why should we fund these wasters and cheats? This time I find myself thinking instead about Fred Goodwin (correction – Sir Fred Goodwin; knighted for his services to banking) and his monthly pension of £70,000. The only difference between a benefit cheat and a banker, then, is about £7 million a year. Oh yes – and the banker doesn’t end up behind bars. Yet.
Travelled to Newcastle yesterday for Beth’s birthday today. To Northallerton by car, and then a 40 minute train journey. Hop onto a bus across from the station and in 7 minutes I’m at her front door. Then do it all in reverse today. Even with the drive to and from Northallerton it’s a hundred times better then going by car. I love trains.
More pictures of our weekend, sent by Jilly.