Friday, 28th February 2014

by Joshua Gaskell

The Tories present themselves as the pro-business party that wants to roll back the flabby state and allow private organisations – charities, volunteers, churches, businesses etc. – to take up the slack. But it occurs to me that there’s a contradiction in this. “Buying” social security or national insurance with one’s taxes is a much more hard-headed exchange than that of charity, which is one-sided and dependant upon the caprice of a Dickensian ‘good rich man’. Perhaps the Tories would look more kindly upon public services and welfare if they saw them less as a social(ist) contract, and more as a national purchasing of goods and services, with excellent economies of scale.