Our system encourages scroungers to lay about.
IT'S a sign of our times that perhaps we shouldn't even be shocked.
Jobless 21-year-old Keith Macdonald has fathered his seventh child by seven different women in seven years and, middle finger raised in insult, shrugs off old-fashioned suggestions that he support them.
This County Durham man, who left school without a single qualification, says his progeny weren't planned.
"I use condoms but they don't work," he whines.
And the more we hear of his lifestyle on Jobseekers Allowance, the more we hear of his liking for fruit machines, the more we tut-tut.
But Macdonald isn't a law breaker unless you split hairs by taking into account some of his harem were under-age.
He's merely working the system that our liberal leaders have thought appropriate.
We have allowed our welfare ramifications to be developed.
We encourage the likes of Macdonald not to support his children through a generous welfare system that ensured he can breed at a whim and the tax-payer foots the bill.
But it can't be right that generations of young, apparently fatherless children are reared by single mothers whom we know will be welfaredependent for life.
We like to think in terms of society offering equal opportunities for all. But we are raising an under-class whose lives will be blighted by poor education, poor housing and a general ignorance of British life and history.
Their role models are badly behaved so-called celebrities. Their children lack all mental stimulus.
School is not seen as a way of leaving the ghetto, just a spell to get through.
Macdonald's seven young women are not, of course, the brightest. But why are they given lavish benefits like Child Tax Credit? Wouldn't it be wiser to tell them that their own parents must support them and their babies?
Do this and, I suspect, single teenage motherhood would drop as parents got the message their neglected daughters were their concern.
Fertile and feckless young men like Macdonald should earn their benefits by enforced work for the vulnerable in society.
Unless we challenge their behaviour, we collude in it.