Benefit streets is the topic of the day and the debate on The Big Questions was no different to many other discussions on the BBC. A few people, notably Jim the plumber, believed that we have too many people scrounging off the benefit system, however the majority of debaters and audience were offended by the notion. The statistics do not seem to support the claim that the number of fraudulent claims are significant at all. What Channel 4 has done with this program is pretty much what trolls do on internet comments sections. The government’s big soundbite regarding the welfare system is making working more desirable than living on benefits. They have gone about doing that by cutting welfare drastically and making it much harder than before for people to remain on benefits, however, they have not taken any meaningful initiative to make working more desirable yet.
Next was the issue of abortion due to gender. It was suggested that to avoid this abhorrent practice we should, like some other countries, make knowing the gender of the child before birth illegal. This might just work to reduce the number of these types of abortions, but would people with dubious moral codes who are capable of aborting a child for her gender stop, just because it is suddenly made illegal? This problem should be solved through reform of the culture by people in the culture, although some measures should be taken by the government to raise awareness and make it clear that abortion for the sake of gender is wrong, immoral and no better than murder.
The last question and the strangest question, was regarding the devil and his existence. It is always tempting to take this sort of issue less seriously if it was not for the fact that child exorcism is still a common practice in some countries. Watching the program it was worrying to see people in this country who believed that children and people can be possessed. The side who believed in existence of the devil predictably held the argument that it is not child abuse and the devil is real. It is hard to understand that out of all the explanations for the miseries of the world why one should find a fictional one.