Or, the folly of the modern Welfare State. I was SUPPOSED to be on the BBC this morning discussing Welfarism but the topic got dropped because of all the “Parades” nonsense that goes on here. So I though I would jot down the gist of what I was going to say so my morning is not wasted!
You see I think that the Conservative MP Nick Boles has done us all a favour by raising some of the more lunatic aspects of the modern Welfare system. Now I don’t entirely agree with all that he says but I’d like to know if there is anybody out there who really believes that the Welfare State was put in place to provide a comfort blanket for millionaires in terms of free public travel? Were cold weather payments put in place so pensioners living in the warmth of the south of Spain and the Algarve could enjoy them? Are free prescriptions really vital for retired bankers and those on generous final salary pensions?
To any sane person, such financial largesse is utter financial madness BUT if you support the construct of modern welfare state, and I don’t, then you must accept that benefits have to be for all not just for some. I blame Politicians for manipulating Welfare to make people think the State can look after them from cradle to grave. Plenty of votes in that but it can’t and won’t work , the Country is running out of cash to pay for all this indulgence and things are going to have to change.
The Welfare State is out of time and out of cash. I do believe in looking after those who cannot look after themselves but that’s where it should also end. The Welfare monster needs slain.