In what can only be described as one of the worst mistakes every to be said by a politician, Senator David Norris came out today – just two weeks from Christmas – and said that people on social welfare shouldn’t be allowed buy drinks.
The ludicrous statement was said during an interview this morning on Newstalk radio. Norris started to pontificate that it was ridiculous that “drinking had become a human right”.
Speaking about the increase on the minimum price of drink, Norris said:
“have no sympathy. I hear people on the wireless saying: Oh, what about the poor people on social welfare and them being deprived of the few drinks.”
“I don’t spend my tax dollars to buy drinks for people on social welfare. I really don’t and I resent that, I think that it’s ridiculous that tax dollars are being used to fund drinking.
Norris was then asked by presenter Ivan Yates if people on social welfare should be allowed buy a drink, Norris said:
“Not with tax money, no. I don’t think tax is for people to be drinking all the time, and I see them all around my area buying slabs of drinks for virtually nothing.”
Norris went onto say that he sees “vomiting and puking all over the place” and said the country had “gone mad on drink”.
What do you think of the former Presidential Candidate’s statements?