Thursday, 19 June 2014

Ed Mililband and The Parable Of The Talents

From Matthew 25:29 and 30:

For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.

And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

From the BBC:

Unemployed young people could be denied out-of-work benefits unless they agree to training, Ed Miliband is to say.

In a speech, he will say those aged 18-21 should get a means-tested "youth allowance" rather than Jobseeker's Allowance, if they train in key skills...

Mr Miliband will also propose an increase in Jobseeker's Allowance from £72 to £100 a week for those who had been in work for the previous five years - rather than the current two years.

Or as Frank Zappa put it "And the meek shall inherit nothing".


A K Haart said...

I don't think I've seen anyone gnash their teeth. Could the Bible possibly be wrong on this point?

Anyhow, Frank Zappa nails it.

Mark Wadsworth said...

AKH, there'll be a bit of wailing in the pages of The Guardian, no doubt.

But the Bible doesn't mention "gloating in the pages of the Mailexpressgraph".

Bayard said...

AKH, I've never been certain what gnashing the teeth involves, so can't comment as to whether this verse has been mistranslated.