The good life at our expense

LAST week it was revealed by a national newspaper that there is at least one family relishing the credit crunch while others are struggling to get by. Tracey and Harry Crompton have 10 children and are enjoying the good life courtesy of taxpayers, raking

LAST week it was revealed by a national newspaper that there is at least one family relishing the credit crunch while others are struggling to get by.

Tracey and Harry Crompton have 10 children and are enjoying the good life courtesy of taxpayers, raking in £32,000 a year in benefits.

This in itself is a bitter pill to swallow, but to discover they are complaining that their benefits are not enough, despite having already splashed out on £3,000 worth of Christmas presents with more still to buy, is abhorrent.

They say they are enjoying the credit crunch because it has forced down the price of luxury goods like TVs and computer games.

Tracey, 40, has never worked and Harry, 50, has been jobless for 15 years.

They live in a seven-bedroom house, have their own vineyard in their 270ft long garden, and do a £250 weekly shop which usually includes 50 packs of crisps and 10 litres of fizzy drinks.

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If this couple could not afford to raise 10 children, why did they have so many in the first place? Wanting to have 10 children in my book is not a good enough reason. There are many things in life people want but cannot afford and I fail to see why having children should be viewed any differently.

If everyone acted irresponsibly and had children they could not afford to raise, this country would be in a fine old mess very quickly.

And what sort of example does this set to the couple's children? That it's acceptable not to lift a finger and to rake in hard-earned cash from taxpayers' pockets instead?

I'm incensed that people can act so selfishly and be so ungrateful for the massive handouts they are given, especially when others work hard and still struggle to make ends meet.

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