And so it ends, the National Compact first dreamt up in the dying days of the Second World War called the Welfare State.
The Welfare State was always a ponzi scheme of gigantic proportions, that relied on the next round of investors paying out to the first batch of ‘investors’. The only difference between the welfare state and criminal schemes of Charles Ponzi and Bernie Madoff is that you did not have to join their schemes.
With the Welfare State it was and still is compulsory to join, or face the wrath of the state for failing to join a scheme which was bound sooner or later to fail as all ponzi schemes do. Bernie would have loved to have enjoyed that level of compunction.
Lord Warner has ‘advised’ us all that the game is up for the baby boomers and he is calling time on ‘cradle to grave’ welfare state. Yet the political classes will still pretend that they are defending the welfare state and the NHS when they know that the edifice is collapsing around their ears. Ken Clarke is also telling us that the middle classes have no idea the depth of the ‘cuts’ that are going to have to be made. That, Ken, is because the political elite will not dare tell us that it is over for fear of not being elected again.
Rather than treat us as grown ups, and announce the contract between the State and the individual has been broken and the State is defaulting and to start cutting taxes to allow us to make the ‘voluntary’ choice of with whom we spend our medical insurance money with, they are tinkering with a 1950′s system and proposing that instead of anonymous committees of political placemen/women deciding where they will spend our money, that GP practices are best placed to make these financial decisions.
The one set of people that they will not trust to make these decisions with our own money is us. Given the choice of placing your loved one/yourself in a clean efficient hospital or one run by monolith unions and bureaucracies where there is a distinct possibility of you dying of thirst, being starved or contracting something you did not go in with, what rational choice would you make ?
The Fabian parties of the Big State, the deficit denying Labour Party, the soft left Social Democrats and bizarrely the Cameronian Conservative party will carry on protesting the NHS ‘is safe with them’ and everything in the garden of the welfare state is rosy, when they know that greenfly, death-watch beetle and couch grass have rendered it to the level of a bomb site rather than a ‘Health Service that is the envy of the world’
The State will not accept that it will play a diminished role in our lives in future because they need direct and indirect taxes to go up to fill in the black hole in the nation’s finances. Even now the rate of growth in public spending has only slowed, it is not going down.
The Political Classes have broken the Military compact. Blair, supported by the Labour and Conservative Parties started wars then kept the military short of helicopters and basic equipment. The MOD simply lost control of their finances under Brown. Now some faceless bureaucrat is issuing redundancy notices by email to warrant officers. He/She should be facing the sack. However, we will never even find out his or her name.
The game is over. Shoot the Sacred Cow before it falls over with Bovine TB, and let us start taking responsibility for our lives, our future and our health.