The Welfare State and
"A safety net must
always exist for those that need help ... but at the moment the
state wants to control every aspect of a person's life" [source].
"We have to be careful that ...
sometimes the 'safety nets' that we have for people who are poor
don't become hammocks where they just 'hang out' and live off the
wellbeing of others and their hard work, and they become the
"[A]rguably the most
devastating solvent of morality in Britain has surely been the
welfare state and the culture of rampant entitlement and selfishness
it has spawned, which have all but destroyed personal responsibility
and concern for others" [Melanie Phillips, Daily Mail, 08
schemes are moral or immoral, those involved in them are at least
trying to hang on to their own money. Those who abuse welfare are
spending other people's money, taken from them by the taxman.
And in many cases the cheats live alongside those they are cheating.
... Those who work hard resent seeing their money squandered in what
sometimes appears to be a free-for-all abuse fund. Nobody objects to
the existence of a safety net for those who really need it. But they
are weary of the culture of entitlement. ... We cannot, as a country
or an economy, leave welfare unreformed any longer" [Mail on
Sunday, Comment, 24 June 2012].
"A Latvian single mother
of ten on £34,000-a-year benefits demands a bigger council home.
Linda Kozlovska arrived with three kids, four more joined her later
and she's given birth to three here. In Latvia, she'd receive just
£9.26 per child each month. She believes it is unacceptable that
some of her children have to sleep on mattresses on the floor. Maybe
she should have thought of that before she had them" [Amanda Platell,
Daily Mail, 22 September 2012].
"If you deliberately and
openly injured yourself, for instance by breaking your own fingers,
and made yourself unfit for work, would you seriously expect the
taxpayer to keep you? Of course not. In that case, why are millions
of pounds of my money and yours being spent on benefit payments to
so-called 'alcoholics' and 'drug addicts'? Roughly 34,000 such
people receive Employment Support Allowance, and more than 21, 000
receive Disability Living Allowance. ... why would they want to stop
if they are told by society that their gross appetites are a
disease, and they are paid unearned money because of their alleged
sickness? This is an insult to the truly ill, whose problems are not
their own fault, and who in many cases deserve more generous
treatment than they actually get from the welfare state" [Peter Hitchens, Mail on Sunday, 11 Nov 2012].
"A Manchester housing
association suggested to its tenants that, in these hardened times,
it might be worth considering whether or not they could afford 'Sky
TV, fags, booze and bingo'. This dose of common sense was met with
predictable outrage from the hand-wringers of the Left, and the
Association was duly forced to apologise for being 'deeply
patronising'. One resident, Tracey MacDonald, even went on ITV's
Daybreak to state: 'We get our benefits and we should be able to
spend them on what we choose.' She would do well to remember
that our welfare system was designed as a safety net to provide the
truly needy with a roof over their heads and food on their tables.
Today, it's too often become a piggy bank that pays out for the
lifestyle choices of the idle and ungrateful. Cigarettes, alcohol
and satellite TV may be desirable, but are certainly not essential.
Tracey should be the Tories' poster girl for the 2015 election - she
makes Vicky Pollard look respectable" [Amanda Platell, Daily Mail,
23 March 2013].
"For anyone who wonders
why welfare reform is so difficult, here is the explanation. State
handouts are taken for granted. They are viewed as an entitlement,
equivalent to wages or property. In the eyes of the Left (and the
BBC), to reduce them is not to give less, but to take away money
that is the claimant's by right" [Mail on Sunday, Comment, 31
"Since this is an era when many
people are concerned about 'fairness' and 'social justice', what is
your 'fair share' of what someone else has worked for?" [source].
"I have never understood why it is
'greed' to want to keep the money you've earned, but not greed to
want to take somebody else's money" [source].
"You don't get to suggest that
stealing money from some and giving it to others makes you a moral
human being. It doesn't. It's the reverse" [source].
"No society ever thrived because it
had a large and growing class of parasites living off those who
"The welfare state is in many ways a
noble construct, a noble concept. It's the concept that we ought to
help our fellow men. But what flaws it, is that it's one thing for
you to help me out of your pocket; it's another thing for you
to help me out of his pocket. And the fundamental flaw
of the welfare state in my opinion is the idea that you should do
good with somebody else's money. Now, what's wrong with that? Two
things are wrong with that. In the first place, nobody spends
somebody else's money as carefully as he spends his own ... So you
have more money being spent carelessly and less money being spent
carefully. In the second place, and equally important, you cannot
spend somebody else's money unless you first get it. How do you get
it? Only and fundamentally by getting a policeman to take it away
from him. So the concept of doing good with somebody else's money
has force or coercion built into it as an essential feature. And
those flaws: waste, which arises out of spending somebody else's
money and the coercion which is unavoidable, destroy the good, and
the idea of doing good, and convert it into doing bad"
"My politician of the year gong goes
to Work and Pensions Secretary Ian Duncan Smith. despite being
vilified by every hand-wringer on the Left - and having seen off
Dave's attempts to sack him - IDS has done more to create social
justice for the poor in this country than anyone since Aneurin
Bevan" [Amanda Platell, Daily Mail, 28 December 2013].
"A fascinating survey
this week showed that 86% of members of the Unite union agreed with
the government's new benefit cap of £26,000 a year. This figure
proves what everyone apart from senior Labour figures knows - that
hardworking people resent paying taxes so the unemployed next door
can stay in bed all day. There was a second survey, too, which also
concerned what Labour would patronisingly call its 'people'. It
showed that of all the ethnicities in Britain, white young people as
a percentage are least likely to apply to university. These two
facts are linked: they show that too many youngsters have had
aspiration knocked out of them by a welfare state whose ethos is now
being rejected by the very class that successive Labour governments
have sought to bribe with benefits. By stuffing sections of the
working class with welfare under Blair and Brown, Labour has killed
their work ethic and removed any determination to better themselves.
The party has compounded this betrayal by appearing to do all it can
to encourage family breakdown. One reason why children of Chinese
and other Asian origins in Britain are so much more likely to end up
at university is that those cultures have strong family values, of
which the core is self-reliance. ... this is a terrible indictment
of welfarism ... Labour has consistently destroyed and devalued
educational opportunities for working-class people, whether by
wrecking grammar schools, driving down standards in comprehensives
or making welfare a substitute for work. The under-achievers should
know who [is] to blame" [Simon Heffer, Daily Mail, 27 July
"After the triumph of collectivised
state-planning under President Lyndon Johnson's Great Society, crime
rates soared, illegitimate births and single-parent families
increased to levels never before seen in any civilised society,
education fell apart, inflation wiped out the value of life-time
savings, and living on the public dole became a permanent way of
life for generations of families. Life in our inner-cities became
what Thomas Hobbs in his Leviathan pictured as the original state of
nature: a war of all against all, in which life is nasty, brutish,
and short. On the other hand, more than two thousand years of
history demonstrate the opposite result from spiritual religion.
Every aspect of human dignity and individual rights that we value
today s the product of the revelation that the individual human
soul, not the political state, is the connecting source and the
driving force for a better social and political order" [source].
"Beginning with the English and
American Puritans in the early 17th century and coming to full force
with the English Methodists in the 19th century, it was religion
that brought the weight of society and public opinion behind the
traditional virtues of charity towards the less fortunate, and
honesty, faithfulness, courage, loyalty, friendship, and
fair-dealing with everyone. It was the Abolition movement organised
by Protestant ministers forty years before the Civil War that freed
the slaves. ... The welfare-state of the amoral, collectivised,
secular religion of liberal-progressive socialism, on the other,
produced the 20th century, the most savagely bloody and oppressive
period in world history" [source].
"The benefits system should not
support lifestyles and rents that are not available to the taxpayers
who pay for that system" [UK Chancellor George Osborne signals a
welfare crackdown in his first budget since the 2015 General
Election, as quoted in Mail on Sunday, 12 July 2015].
Health and Safety
"'I was brought up in a
country where men risked their lives to save the lives of others.
That was a period in our history that has almost ceased'.
Coroner Michael Rose, after paramedics refused to jump into a
water-filled ditch in Somerset to save a man due to health and
safety" [Quotes of the Week, Mail on Sunday, 21 July 2013].
National Health Service
"Nurse Caroline Petrie
has now been let off, after at first being suspended, for offering
to pray for a patient. But that is only because of the publicity.
The important thing is that Mrs Petrie was not just punished for her
Christianity, a faith regarded with increasing official suspicion
and dislike. She was ordered to believe in another creed, or risk
her career. After an earlier incident she was told that the 'Nursing
& Midwifery Council code' states that 'you must demonstrate a
personal and professional commitment to equality and diversity' and
'you must not use your professional status to promote causes not
related to health'. these are amazing statements, both sinister and
self-contradictory. She must promote Left-wing politics, but she
must not mention Christianity. Equality (alias Marxism) and
Diversity (alias political correctness) are contentious and highly
political aims, not at all 'related to health'. yet she 'must' be
personally and professionally committed to them. I am surprised that
so little fuss has been made about this totalitarian rubbish. Who
wrote it? I can't find out. How did it get there? By some anonymous
'process', apparently. Chirpy commissars known as 'Code Champions'
are even now being recruited to enforce it in every hospital. This
is slow-motion Stalinism, and by the time it has throttled free
thought in this country it will be too late to stop it"
[Peter Hitchens, Mail on Sunday, 7 February 2009].
"Who could not be moved
by Ann Clwyd's tears over the awful death of her husband in a cold,
cruel hospital? If this can happen to an MP's spouse, who is safe?
Yet the hatchet-faced spokespersons of the nursing profession flatly
refuse to see anything wrong with the 'graduate' revolution that
turned a noble, selfless calling into a version of social work"
[Peter Hitchens, Mail on Sunday, 09 December 2012].
"Fresh fears have been
raised about the risks to patients posed by foreign doctors after it
emerged that two-thirds of medics banned from practising have been
trained abroad. ... of the 669 doctors struck off or suspended by
the GMC in the past five years, 420 qualified overseas. ... 63% of
foreign doctors working in the NHS are failing exams to become a
GP..." [Mail on Sunday, 30 December 2012].
"After the urine-soaked
and faeces-encrusted revelations from Stafford hospital (no doubt to
be followed by more of the same soon), doesn't Danny Boyle's
simpering Marxoid Olympics Opening Ceremony look even worse than it
did at the time?" [Peter Hitchens, Mail on Sunday, 10
"When this was still a
free society, it was run by independent-minded, well-educated,
confident people who knew what they were doing, took decisions and
accepted responsibility. Now we are a cut-rate people's republic, as
full of regulators, snoopers and inspectors as the old East Germany.
We despise good education as 'elitism', are scared of rigour in
training, ceaselessly undermine the authority of professionals, and
prefer rules to initiative. That is why the NHS does not work. The
excellent Left-wing journalist Jenni Russell, as capable person who
you might have thought would be able to secure reasonable treatment,
recently eloquently described the position. Admitted to hospital in
an emergency, hoping she was at last in good, firm hands, she found
instead that she was in the iron clutches of a moronic, bungling,
obstructive robot. 'Nothing in my life has made me feel as helpless
and uncared for as the week I spent in an NHS hospital as an
emergency admission two summers ago', she wrote. She was denied
drugs she needs. She was not fed. She waited seven hours for a bed.
Her blood test was - dangerously - mixed up with someone else's. ...
'I spent my days in a state of frightened hyper-vigilance,
frequently in tears, as one muddle followed another. ... it was not
just me who felt impotent in the face of an incompetent system. The
hospital staff, many of them very well meaning, told me they felt
the same. None of them, ... had the authority or understanding to
cut through the errors and make the organisation work.' All
MPs, doctors, nurses and journalists should read her account. Yet it
will change nothing, because nobody will admit that the Left-wing
dogmas tat have wrecked this country are wrong"
Mail on Sunday, 21 July 2013].
"In Aldous Huxley's
Brave New World, if I recall details correctly, remains of the
deceased under the 'civilised' world's regime were similarly
recycled to fertilise food crops or make nutritional supplements for
the living human population. If man is merely an energy-plus-matter
biological machine and nothing else, disposal of human corpses
ultimately becomes no more significant an exercise than the disposal
and recycling of their living relatives' and neighbours' weekly
garbage. Instinctively, we should all shrink back from such a
dehumanisation of humanity - such a dishonouring of the God after
whose image and likeness we are created" /
"This is the depths of utter barbarity and ignorance. An unborn
person, whether an embryo, foetus, or about to be born, is a unique
human being. It is different from its parents in that it has a DNA
that is a mix of the two: it is not part of the mother's body. It is
not something to be disposed of. It is high time that abortion was
criminalised for what it is. It is incredible that such a level of
ignorance of basic biology is so widespread" /
"On what basis does health minister Dr Dan Poulter brand this
as 'totally unacceptable'... That they were killed? That they were
mixed with garbage? That they were incinerated? or That they were
used to warm the hospital?"
"A Nigerian-born GP
refused to treat an 88-year-old woman who fell down outside his
practice because he was not 'first-aid trained'. He clearly didn't
know the Good Samaritan doctrine, which decrees that all British
doctors have legal indemnity if they treat a stranger in an
emergency in good faith. How sad that, despite receiving years of
medical training in Britain at our expense, Christopher Uwagboe was
unable to find the compassion to look after a desperate old lady
who, like millions of the elderly, had helped pay for that training
through her taxes" [Amanda Platell, Daily Mail, 27 September
"The numbers of people being diagnosed [with HIV] in the UK are
falling. The medication is so successful these days that this now
leads to far less transmission, and there is access to PEP (Post
Exposure Prophylaxis) ... So why are the waiting rooms over flowing?
Why are the wait times for vital blood tests increasing to
unacceptable levels? Why are the wait times to see a HIV specialist
doctor massively increasing? Why are the drug home delivery
companies so over whelmed patients have to go back into clinics and
are not able to access life-saving medication? Because you are
right, there is a steady flow of HIV+ immigrants that have directly
contributed to this situation which has gone past the point of
critical mass" [Letter from an
HIV patient at
"A political system that
relies on not saying anything even slightly revolutionary ... in
fear of not getting re-elected, and an active communist trades union
system controlling the labour party who think they own the NHS will
prevent anything getting done that needs desperately doing with the
health system for the near future" / "Why
are in denial? Because the NHS is part of the public sector which is
free and good. The private sector is expensive and bad. Everyone who
votes labour or Green or LibDem knows that" /
"Trouble is no one will tell our people the bitter truth"
"The NHS was founded by
socialists as purely an ideological construct, and it indeed
survives 'simply because of ideology'. Socialism is based on
lies, and it's true to form in this area. The impression conveyed by
NHS champions is that until 1948, when all NHS services came on
stream, people had been dying in the streets like stray dogs. In
fact, when medical care in the UK went socialist, we had about
400,000 hospital beds. Now, 68 years later, we have 150,000, even
though the population has since grown by 14 million, and we have
millions of visitors for whom the NHS is indeed free"
"Nor did outpatients
have to wait weeks for GP appointments, which is a norm today - and
they were prescribed drugs strictly on therapeutic, rather than
financial, bases. Moreover - are you ready for this? - the rich and
the poor received the same drugs, which is far from being the case
in the supposedly egalitarian NHS, with its postcode approach to
"The problem with the
NHS is that it's a megalomaniac structure sitting on the subsiding,
termite-eaten foundation of a defunct ideology"
The Trades Unions
"It was utterly
predictable that Ed Miliband would renege on his promise to change
the system whereby union members automatically opt in the fund the
Labour Party. He now says it won't happen for five years and will
apply only to new, not existing members. This, of course, is a man
who owes his position to the union block vote and who refuses to
publish the inquiry into vote-rigging in Falkirk. The corruption
that permeates his party and Mr Miliband's serial failure to keep
promises should be noted by anyone tempted to vote for him"
[Simon Heffer, Daily Mail, 07 December 2013].
"European culture has
been gutted by Post-Modern 'victim'-obsessed PC indoctrination which
has already warped the minds of the young" [comment at:
extended extract is from the
The Origin of 'Identity Politics' & 'Political Correctness'
(sometimes dubbed 'political correctness') is the result of a
political-Left major backlash against the mass of ordinary people
(in Europe and 'the West'), beginning in the 1920s/30s, in the wake
of the persistent failure of Marxist theory to be realised in
European 'revolution' or any real change through democracy. In
shifting the blame away from Marxist theory and those gullible
enough to adhere to it, and on to those the theory had prescribed
and predicted would have been the beneficiaries, if only they had
responded accordingly ('the [white, male] workers'); then the
cognitive-dissonance within the political-left mindset caused by
this crisis to an extent was salved"
"As with any fervent ideology, a
hallmark of the political-Left is interpreting anything and
everything in its own ideological terms to claim as a manifestation
of the ideology and its prophecy - jumping on a bandwagon, so to
speak; though here only to hijack it. The bandwagon here was, of
course, the American civil rights movement, which though enjoying
ubiquitous support within black communities - to the point often of
various forms of extremism - featured virtually nil endorsement of
socialism ... It is from the time of this co-option that 'identity
politics' dates; many considering that the movement was incorporated
into the Left in the wake of King's assassination in 1968 - the
major turning-point year in political-Left politics generally"
"'Civil rights', as the first great
'single-issue' campaign, served not least to provide an acceptable
cloak for the Left to avoid provoking a resurgence of McCarthysim.
The major social upheaval of 'civil rights' with its large-scale and
widespread rioting was easily the nearest thing in then recent US
history to look like the promised Marxist 'revolution', and
obviously was just the practical application the 'theory' was
seeking. Moreover, the protagonists (black Americans) were eminently
separable form the now despised 'workers' per se, in being
presentable as a new 'group; from outside of the former fray of
'boss' versus 'worker'.
"This accident of history served to
add 'black' to 'woman' as 'the new oppressed' ... 'The worker' in
effect was retrospectively stereotyped as both 'man' and 'white'.
With the inverse of this stereotype of 'white' being not just 'black
American' but 'black' - that is, ethnic-minority generically ... so
it was that the new 'agents of social change' / 'disadvantaged' /
'oppressed' were extended from women to also include all ethnic
"It is only with the knowledge of how
this developed that sense can be made of why ethnicity is held above
the myriad other possible differences that could be utilised as
in-group markers, when in fact there is nothing inherent in
ethnicity as an in-group marker to produce inter-group prejudice
that is particularly more pernicious"
"Indeed, the worst inter-communal
conflicts nominally between different ethnicities usually are
between different cultural heritages with no discernible 'racial'
differences of any kind - and what (non-ethnic) differences there
are can be minimal; the lack of contrast actually fuelling the
intensity of conflict, such is the need for groups to feel
distinguished from each other"
"Furthermore, ethnic prejudice is
anything but restricted to or even predominantly 'white' on 'black':
inter-ethnic (eg, 'black' on Asian) and ethnic-on-'white' 'racism'
can be, often is and may usually be the greater problem; and a
negative attitude to a certain ethnicity does not imply a similar
attitude to other ethnicities"
"The specific US experience, given
the highly divisive politics in the wake of the American Civil War
over the basis of the Southern US economy in African slavery, does
not translate to elsewhere; notably not to Europe - as was starkly
evidenced in the experience of World War II 'black' American GIs
stationed in England in how they were favourably received by locals,
who sided with them when discriminated against"
"'Racial divides' in European 'white'
host countries are the result not of mutual antipathy but
affiliative forces, principally within migrant enclaves and
secondarily within the 'host' community; in both cases being through
in-group 'love', not out-group 'hate'"
[EMcD: though the latter
part of this observation is indeed true in normal circumstances,
this does not, of course, take account of the Islamic/Koranic
doctrines of Al-Hijra (Immigration), Taqiyya (Lying and Deceit), and Razzia/Ghazwa
(Rape and Slavery), Dawa (Cultural and Stealth Jihad), and Terrorist
and Violent Jihad, carried out by fundamentalist Muslims as
they settle in increasing numbers in Western countries with the sole
purpose of making every remaining Dar al-Harb ('House of War': i.e.
any non-Muslim country) into a Dar al-Islam ('House of Submission': i.e all Muslim countries) until Islam finally achieves its
longed-for global Caliphate.]
[End of Extract]
"The Frankfurt School
believed that as long as an individual had the belief - or even the
hope of belief - that his divine gift of reason could solve the
problems facing society, then that society would never reach the
state of hopelessness and alienation that they considered necessary
to provoke socialist revolution.
Their task, therefore, was as
swiftly as possible to undermine the Judaeo-Christian legacy. To do
this they called for the most negative destructive criticism
possible of every sphere of life which would be designed to
de-stabilize society and bring down what they saw as the
'oppressive' order. Their policies, they hoped, would spread like a
virus - 'continuing the work of Western Marxists by other means' as
one of their members noted.
To further the advance
of their 'quiet' cultural revolution ... the [Frankfurt] School
recommended (among other things):
(1) the creation of racism
(2) continual change to create confusion,
(3) the teaching
of sex and homosexuality to children,
(4) the undermining of
schools' and teachers' authority,
(5) huge immigration to destroy
(6) the promotion of excessive drinking,
(7) emptying of
(8) an unreliable legal system with bias against victims
(9) dependency on the state or state benefits,
control and dumbing down of media,
(11) encouraging the breakdown of
One of the main ideas
of the Frankfurt School was to exploit Freud's idea of 'pansexualism'
- the search for pleasure, the exploitation of the differences
between the sexes, the overthrowing of traditional relationships
between men and women. To further their aims they would:
the authority of the father, deny the specific roles of father and
mother, and wrest away from families their rights as primary
educators of their children,
(b) abolish differences in the
education of boys and girls,
(c) abolish all forms of male dominance
- hence the presence of women in the armed forces,
(d) declare women
to be an 'oppressed class' and men as 'oppressors'."
eight levels of control that must be obtained before you are able to
create a social state:
Healthcare - Control healthcare and you control the
Poverty - Increase the Poverty level as high as
possible, poor people are easier to control and will not fight
back if you are providing everything for them to live;
- Increase the debt to an unsustainable level. That wa6y you are
able to increase taxes, and this will produce more poverty;
Control - Remove the ability to defend themselves from
the Government. That way you are able to create a police state;
Welfare - Take control of every aspect of their lives
(Food, Housing, and Income);
Education - Take control of that people read and listen
to - take control of what children learn in school;
Religion - Remove the belief in God from the Government
Class Warfare - Divide the people into the wealthy and
the poor. This will cause more discontent and it will be easier
to take from (tax) the wealthy with the support of the poor" [source].
"Woe unto them that call evil
good, and good evil;
that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that
put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!"
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