“. . . a check upon industry, a reward for improvident marriage, a stimulus to increased population, and a means of counterbalancing the effect of an increased population upon wages; a national provision for discouraging the honest and industrious and protecting the lazy, vicious and improvident, calculated to … ruin the taxpayers. . .”
No, not a recent ConDem government statement about the undeserving poor. It’s an extract from the Poor Law Commission’s report (1833).