We love a random comparison as much as the next power tools website, but this one has really got us stumped.
Can someone please explain the Daily Telegraph’s front page today? We read it, and we read it, and we read it again, and we still don’t get it. What is the connection between people applying for the disability support pension and the nation’s war wounded?
Oh hang on a minute – the answer is there in the headline, SLACKERS AND SLOUCH HATS. The people who apply for the disability pension – “almost 20,000 people have joined the disability welfare line in the last three years” in NSW – must be the Slackers, while the Slouch Hats must be all those slouchy-hatted Australian soldiers who were wounded in all the wars we have ever fought.
There is a helpful photograph to help you understand that
In another helpful comparison in their editorial, under the headline, The Nation Can’t Carry This Unfair Burden, The Daily Telegraph writes that every week around 2500 people apply for the disability support pension.
“This is a truly staggering number. It means that within fewer than 20 weeks there would be enough new applicants to fill the Sydney Cricket Ground to capacity.”
Twitter had a bit of fun:
Daily Tele says almost 20,000 joined “disability welfare line” past 3 years. Guess what happened to circulation past 2 years? Fell 61,000
— George Megalogenis (@GMegalogenis) May 22, 2014
The % of the working-age population on DSP (adjusted for age & sex) has been more or less flat for over a decadepic.twitter.com/98BDvk9jm1
— Matt Cowgill (@MattCowgill) May 21, 2014
— Don Arthur (@donattroppo) May 21, 2014
Loyalty now requires the dissemination of absolutely meaningless comparisons, apparently.pic.twitter.com/nSkDHAmmsV
— Katharine Murphy (@murpharoo) May 21, 2014
I assume the Daily Telegraph’s next front page will be about people on welfare planning to kidnap your children for meat
— Lady Cranky of Pants (@crankypants81) May 21, 2014
— Jeff Sparrow (@Jeff_Sparrow) May 22, 2014
Please join us in the comment thread below, and show us the many ways in which disability pension recipients and brave soldiers are alike. Or not.