Countries with comprehensive welfare systems teh world over are seeing an explosion of entitlements as bureaucrats and political parties use welfare to continually bribe voters.
If welfare worked and money was the answer then after literally billions of dollars each year in this this country you’d think we would have solved the issue. We haven;t and neither has anyone else.
Time for radical change…Martin Durkin explains.
IF TVâ€™S Benefits Street raised a fuss, James Bartholomewâ€™s The Welfare State Weâ€™re In should cause an earthquake. Never mind a few scrounging scallywags, Bartholomewâ€™s book (just republished) gives us the total historical horror of the welfare state in living Technicolor.
Bartholomew is a Redbull double-espresso to Iain Duncan Smithâ€™s limp chamomile tea. Forget reforming the welfare state. We must blow it to smithereens! Bartholomew is clearly a monster. Why else would he attack the welfare state with such ferocity? It is, after all, a modest attempt to help the vulnerable in difficult times. If it has grown enormously, it merely reflects the increasing cruelty of capitalism.
Ha! Bartholomew grabs the welfare state by the throat, and exposes something ugly, frightening and dehumanising. This isnâ€™t a dry book about public policy. Itâ€™s an explosive blockbuster, guaranteed to boil your blood, beautifully written, sweeping in its scope.
It is about the transformation of a once independent, prosperous people into a demoralised, dispirited, lumpen mass. It explains why we marry less and divorce more (and the terrible human cost). It tells us why we are so stupid and unhealthy, why our state health system is so inadequate and cruel. It tells us why we donâ€™t save any more, why we are no longer so charitable or polite. It tells us why popular entertainment has descended into pornographic imbecility, why human progress in the past century has fallen so far short of expectations.
The cost is huge in money terms. â€śBenefitsâ€ť alone account for about ÂŁ200bn a year â€“ more than the combined GDP of 30 African countries. But the result of this Niagara of handouts is not contentment. As Bartholomew shows with heartbreaking clarity, the real victims are those whom welfare is supposed to help. It has created legions of single mothers, fatherless children, and jobless boys and men. For them, the welfare state hasnâ€™t given, it has taken. It has taken their savings, dignity, independence, initiative, pride, it has denied them full lives as productive economic agents. Walk through a council estate, as Bartholomew has many times, and witness what he calls the tragic â€śconcentration of despairâ€ť.Â Read more »