"There is no doubt that behaviour has deteriorated over the past twenty years."
Tony Blair in a speech on 22nd March 2002.
"A splendid book. It's a devastating critique of the welfare state. A page-turner, yet also extensively sourced. Demonstrates how attempts to achieve good intentions have led to horrible results -- increasing crime and violence, worsened conditions of the very poor, an extraordinary deterioration in the quality and character of British life.
Milton Friedman, Nobel Prize-winner.
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Before the welfare state
The Greycoat Hospital
The Greycoat Hospital was once a workhouse. It has since been a hospital and a school. It has a very long welfare history. It has now been taken over by the state.
- The Greycoat Hospital
Education and State
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Below is the account I wrote (with the comments received) just after my unexpected meeting with Lady Thatcher. Partly as a result of that meeting, I am now working on a book in which I am describing the impact … Continue reading
The biggest moments in British welfare state history: 1.) 1536-47 Expropriation of the monasteries and priories by Henry VIII which removed much of the church welfare that existed at the time. 2.) 1601 Crystallisation of the Poor Laws that had … Continue reading
Here is a careful and obviously knowledgeable critique of the British government’s Mandatory Work Activity scheme. It looks like the scheme needs some changes!
Useful piece in The Spectator about why Germany is now doing so much better than other Eurozone countries.
Two articles and a letter today in the Sunday Telegraph about whether or not universal benefits should be retained. Apparently Iain Duncan Smith wants to be rid of them in order to save some of the money he is required … Continue reading
This is the third of a three-part posting. I posed two questions in the previous parts. Two days ago, I noted that someone at the 90th percentile in terms of income obviously earns a multiple of the income of someone … Continue reading
Here is the second of a three-part posting: As in the first part, there is a question: Someone who is at the 90th percentile in terms of income obviously earns a multiple of the income of someone at the 10th … Continue reading
In 1935, President Roosevelt (D) said: “Continued dependence upon relief induces a spiritual and moral disintegration fundamentally destructive to the national fibre. To dole out relief in this way is to administer a narcotic, a subtle destroyer of the human … Continue reading
A blog posting by Lindsay Mitchell has drawn my attention to one of the more spectacular failures of social housing. The destruction of the Red Road Flats will be another one in a very long list of such demolitions. The … Continue reading
‘Among the peoples most admired for their opulence, one part of the population is obliged to rely on gifts of the other in order to live’
‘The countries appearing to be most impoverished are those which in reality account for the fewest indigents, and among the peoples most admired for their opulence, one part of the population is obliged to rely on gifts of the other … Continue reading