In a normal country, if someone has broken the law then we would prosecute them for it; in Britain, however, we decide to pay them extra benefits.
Husbands with multiple wives have been given the go-ahead to claim extra welfare benefits following a year-long Government review, The Sunday Telegraph can reveal.
Even though bigamy is a crime in Britain, the decision by ministers means that polygamous marriages can now be recognised formally by the state, so long as the weddings took place in countries where the arrangement is legal.
The outcome will chiefly benefit Muslim men with more than one wife, as is permitted under Islamic law. Ministers estimate that up to a thousand polygamous partnerships exist in Britain, although they admit there is no exact record.
OK, bigamy is a crime in this country, right. Now, we have to accept that we have Muslims coming to this country—mainly because their insane fucking Muslim rulers have made their own countries into such stinking illiberal shitholes that anyone who can leave, does—and they bring multiple brides with them. Fair enough.
Now, irrespective of what these other countries allow, bigamy—and let me repeat this—is illegal in this country. But, faced with such a dilemma, one might conclude that the correct response might be effectively to turn a blind eye.
You don't encourage this—and I'll say it again—illegal behaviour by paying them extra fucking benefits.
New guidelines on income support from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) state: "Where there is a valid polygamous marriage the claimant and one spouse will be paid the couple rate ... The amount payable for each additional spouse is presently £33.65."
Income support for all of the wives may be paid directly into the husband's bank account, if the family so choose. Under the deal agreed by ministers, a husband with multiple wives may also be eligible for additional housing benefit and council tax benefit to reflect the larger property needed for his family.
Wait a minute? There is no such thing as a valid polygamous marriage in this country, you arseholes: bigamy, or polygamy, is illegal.
The ruling could cost taxpayers millions of pounds. Ministers launched a review of the benefit rules for polygamous marriages in November 2006, after it emerged that some families had benefited financially.
The review concluded in December last year with agreement that the extra benefits should continue to be paid, the Government admitted. The decision was not publicly announced.
Not publically announced, eh? I wonder why not. Oh, wait; could it be because it is a fucking stupid idea?
Four departments - the Treasury, the DWP, HM Revenue and Customs, and the Home Office - were involved in the review, which concluded that recognising multiple marriages conducted overseas was "the best possible" option. In Britain, bigamy is punishable by up to seven years in prison.
Unless, of course, you are a Muslim. In which case, this government will quite happily pay you for breaking the law.
Now, one can argue that the government should have no jurisdiction over marriage which is, or should be, a private contract between two people. However, if that is to be the case, then there should be no special benefits for marriage of any kind.
Whilst married people do get special benefits and tax breaks, however, the government is entitled to set what laws it wants (it's all part of being in hock to the state, y'see) and in this country bigamy is still fucking illegal.
Seriously, what the fuck is going on?