The Chancellor’s recent announcement concerning government spending cuts reminded me of the actions of a drug addiction counsellor trying to persuade a long term drug addict of the merits of going cold turkey.
Why? Because it seems clear to me that our nation has become addicted to state handouts and state intervention. Why take responsibility for your own actions when the state will be there to clear up the mess you have made of your life? Why take responsibility for how many children you produce when the state will give you money for each child your spawn? Why not work for the state and enjoy higher salaries and perks than those who work in the private sector? Why bother applying for work in the first place when you’re better off on benefits?
We, the people of Britain, have become addicted to having our noses wiped and our pockets filled by the state and it has ruined our nation. Ruined us both from the standpoint of our catastrophic public finances and from the standpoint of a lack of encouragement for those who’d have the courage to start wealth creating businesses.
Once, the British were justly famous for their work ethic, their industriousness and entrepreneurship. We were once called the workshop of the world. Famed for our manufacturing industries and engineering brilliance. Admittedly, we also had terrible working conditions, poor health and poor pay to add insult to injury. Those injustices were resolved over time. The evolution of the trades union movement, the creation of the welfare state and the National Health Service (NHS) each were necessary in the establishment of a humane and just society.
But that was long ago. Today the welfare state has become a huge burden on the government purse. It has changed from a social safety net to a lifestyle option. An option where people are better off on benefits rather than being employed. The NHS is a bloated maggot of an organisation where the care of the patient is drowned out by an inhumane bureaucracy. The public sector unions seem hell bent on protecting every job no matter how unimportant and unnecessary it may be. Instead of acknowledging the harsh economic reality they seem ever ready to do battle in a war that has already been lost.
I feel that Mr Osborne’s programme of cuts isn’t enough. That a major opportunity has been missed to wean the British off their diet of state handout candy. Instead of protecting some of the so called universal benefits Mr Osborne should have gone much further. Introducing means testing for all benefits. Cutting back not just funding but the entire ethos of the state. Pulling out of any activity that infringes on our lives. Putting an end to the era of “big government” that has blighted our nation and stunted our commercial growth.
Mr Osborne should have done more to encourage us to get off our collective backsides and sort ourselves out. He should have harangued us to stop hanging around whining that the state hasn’t done this or hasn’t done that. It’s not the state that is going to bring this country back from the brink of an economic abyss but people running wealth creating businesses. Businesses that will employ people in real wealth creating jobs. We must, as a nation, break our dependence on the state, stand up on our own two feet and take responsibility for our own lives.Tweet