What a messy election.
What were the reasons that from such a level of popularity the Conservatives managed to lose 12 seats? Oh, so many.
Brexit, manifesto compromises (I’m being charitable there), better than expected campaigning by Labour, social welfare…
Living outside the UK looking in I have a perspective on social welfare that I could never have got by staying there. The taxes we pay create a fairer society, a safer society, one where all levels are entitled to enjoy the fruits of society’s labour rather than individuals lying in bed awake because they are facing bankruptcy as well as the cancer of their beloved child. That’s not unusual in the States.
A study done at Harvard University indicates that this is the biggest cause of bankruptcy, representing 62% of all personal bankruptcies. One of the interesting caveats of this study shows that 78% of filers had some form of health insurance, thus bucking the myth that medical bills affect only the uninsured. Read more: Top 5 Reasons Why People Go Bankrupt http://www.investopedia.com/slide-show/top-5-reasons-why-people-go-bankrupt/#ixzz4kg5Lokdo
We should fight for the system we have and protect it because the alternative is miserable, unfair and unworthy of us. And if it’s not enough for you that we should care for the sick in our communities based on what you instinctively feel or know then consider this:-
I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers,[a] you did it to me.’ Matthew 25 v 36 – 40