Peter Cove has a brilliant article about what he learned in the poverty war. It is rather long but this part succinctly explains the Labour party perfectly.
In public policy, we should deduce our theory from practice. Unfortunately, most people in the business of helping the poor turn that principle upside down, proposing theories first and then basing programs on them.
Such people will surely oppose my proposals.
Perhaps they should consider a concept from medicine—the word “iatrogenic,” which describes an adverse condition caused by the physician.
Doctors take an oath not to contribute to iatrogenic conditions; they may not continue a treatment when that treatment itself causes harm. For the doctors of welfare policy, no such principle exists.