For all Labour's posturing and promises over the last ten years, the one thing that stands out for me where nothing has changed is the way in which millions of people are still on benefits, and the way in which the system in this country seems to encourage people to stay on benefits and does little to encourage them to get a job.
So today it is very welcome the the Lib Dems have put forward some bold proposals to tackle the issue of the "dependency culture" in the UK.
Yes, Labour has spent a lot of government on benefits and yes, they have tried to do more to stop benefit fraud. However, Labour's efforts are far too much stick and not enough carrot and at the same time under a deluge of means tested benefits which often means people who actually need benefits are unwilling to claim.
David Laws MP, who launched the policy said: "The Liberal Democrat vision is of a society of genuine opportunity where, instead of treating the symptoms of inequality, we treat its causes - poor educational opportunities, unemployment, bad housing and unstable families."
With plans to raise child benefit and alter the tax credit system that bizarrely seems to reward some high earners, the Lib Dems are being bold in their plans and have certainly got something to shout about in leaflets up to the next election.
If these proposals were acted upon more than 150,000 children would be lifted out of poverty. That has to be worth supporting.