Has anyone been to Cuba on holiday? In Cuba the tourists must use either a special type of tourist currency, or US Dollars, but not regular Cuban currency. This conversely means that the locals can't just spend the tourist currency, or US dollar's that they recieve in tips from the tourists. They have to go to a state run "supermarket" to exchange them for "luxuries" such as nice soap, shampoo, stereos, food etc. At the end of the day the state makes a profit from this and uses the capital to maintain infrastructure. Now wouldn't it be a good idea if we had a similar system for those in the UK on benefits? What if we didn't give them money, but gave them a type of "ration book" which they could use at the state run supermarket? For a start, the state would be buying stock in bulk, which would reduce the cost of the goods and potentially turn a profit for the state. The goods on offer would of course be of the Iceland quality. M&S quality is for the working classes. I.e, if you want better, (or tobacco, booze, etc) get a job, and use your earned cash to pay for it. The ration books would of course be seriald & with your name on it so that you couldn't "flog" vouchers for money. The supermarkets would themselves create jobs (shelf stackers, managers, warehouse people etc) taking people off the dole queues. The people on benefits would have to work to recieve the "ration" books, and they would accumulate points for their books by doing community work, such as street cleaning, repairing things, etc in their own locality. This would also have the knock on effect of giving poeple a sense of community and less of a desire to damage public property. Your views?