"In a Socialist society parents should be seen and not heard."
Lady Margaret Thatcher.
"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
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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
I came down to Aix-en-Provence by train yesterday. On the way we passed through Lyon. Two things bleakly stood out: many walls smothered in graffiti and the large blocks of social housing. I arrived in the evening. By the middle … Continue reading
Talk on welfare and work on new book.
As part of my research for the new book, I have been reading up about Bismarck – someone I had never learnt about before. I certainly do not pretend to be an expert on him or on Germany generally. But … Continue reading
I have started to write the new book on welfare states around the world. I have already done some small introductory chapters and some other items. But now I am starting on the real substance of the thing, beginning with … Continue reading
You can see the beginning here. Or else it can be found in the print edition.
I have been planning a trip to the USA to do more research for the new book. I won’t name the many individuals I am seeing but I will be going to Washington DC, Wisconsin, Minnesota, San Francisco and possibly … Continue reading
Your chances of getting the latest, best treatment in Britain are significantly lower than in other advanced countries
Plenty of well-educated people who read ‘quality’ newspapers and listen to BBC Radio 4 genuinely have no idea that Britain lags other countries in the use of new technology and drugs. They do not realise that if you have a … Continue reading
I am the end of a trip taking nearly two weeks, visiting Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. The most notable interview I had in Singapore was with the deputy prime minister and minister of finance, Tharman Shanmugaratnam. We talked about many … Continue reading
I was told that Michael Gove, the British secretary of state for education, said this man was the most important person in education in the world. I think that could be upgraded to ‘the most powerful’. He does not run … Continue reading