Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Be careful Professor Hills with all your clever-dick posturing

Although I am (broadly) in favour of the welfare state I am absolutely opposed to the way it has been hi-jacked, colonised and appropriated by the Left as if it is their sole property.

Given the choice between having nothing or having a welfare state used as a fiefdom by the Left I would always choose nothing.

That is why John Hills (Professor of Social Policy at the London School of Economics) needs to be careful with his glibly dishonest misrepresentation of the facts:  http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/politicsandpolicy/the-welfare-states-surprising-winners/

If it is true that we broadly get out of the system what we pay into the system ("most of us get back something at least close to what we pay in towards the welfare state") then what do we need all the administrative apparatus of the welfare state for?  We might just as well keep the money and use it as we need it.  Or for the cautious, take out insurance.

Vast sums could be saved by cutting out the state middle men, and we would be spared all those unctuous lefty know-it-alls telling us how wonderful the state sector is.

So be careful Professor Hills with all your clever-dick posturing.

You might argue the welfare system out of existence.

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