By Sophie Corcoran.

Having a universal basic income is a socialist dream, keeping working-class Britons dependent on the state, says political commentator Sophie Corcoran.

A universal basic income is set to be trialled in England for the first time seeing 30 people each receiving a sum of £1,600 a month.

This is dreadful news for Britain as a universal basic income (UBI) will disincentivise people to work. Who on earth in their right mind would want to work and lose a significant proportion of their income in taxes over sitting at home being just as well off, waiting for others to do all of the work for you?

Who on earth in their right mind would want to work and lose a significant proportion of their income in taxes over sitting at home being just as well off, waiting for others to do all of the work for you?

Universal basic income will also ruin Britain’s working culture. We have never been a something-for-nothing country; that is simply an anti – British attitude.

Likewise, the introduction of UBI will make it impossible for Brexit to work properly. In order to reduce our reliance on foreign workers that push down wages, we need British workers to step up and fill in those jobs.

With over 5 million people in the UK already on out of work benefits, the introduction of UBI will no doubt cause the number of unemployed people in the UK to skyrocket as there would not be any point for those on lower incomes to get a job. This in turn will lead to enormous labour shortages in jobs that were traditionally low paid and filled by foreign labour – meaning Brexit will never be fully effective under a Britain that has universal basic income.

Not to mention that UBI is completely backwards in terms of encouraging social mobility. People claim that by having UBI, living standards would be better for the least well-off in society, when in actual fact that’s unlikely as free money means inflation will soar, eventually making even the most basic of things unaffordable.

Some also claim that UBI is good for social mobility, when in actual fact all UBI does is take money from the working classes and lower middle classes – and gives it to everyone, including the rich who don’t need it.

In this country we have comprehensive welfare programs that target those most in need of support, there is simply no need for a UBI. It makes no sense taking money off the poor to give to the rich – that’s a backwards and regressive policy. There’s no such thing as free money – it is our money.

There’s no such thing as free money – it is our money.

Ultimately, universal basic income will deeply damage Britain, hurting our economy and our working culture and reducing social mobility – which is why of course, it is a socialist dream, keeping working-class Britons dependent on the state.


Sophie Corcoran is a broadcaster, journalist, political candidate and reality TV personality. Sophie is NDA’s ‘celebrity of the year’ 2023 nominee. To follow Sophie on Twitter click here.

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