Cameron's speech today opens a Pandora's box, by suggesting that fairness involves what people 'deserve'. This is, on a superficial level, obviously attractive and intuitively right. But the moment you delve into the policy detail, it unravels pretty damn quick.
The notion of the deserving poor is therefore back with us. The sad thing is that we are talking about children here. The non-working poor without children receive very little from our welfare system (Jobseekers Allowance is £66 a week, which would barely keep my Oystercard going). So any serious cuts to the welfare system will penalize parents and children. Cameron's idea of fairness sounds great until you see homeless children out in the rain.