Post-election blues and the truth

The more I study politics and especially the ways in which it is reported, the more I come to realise that the motives of media journalists are often no more noble or sophisticated than the average Twitter troll (personal disclosure: I am an average Twitter troll).

So when the wolves come for Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, Mrs May’s close advisors, it doesn’t mean that all of the message they were promoting was wrong. Indeed this links with a corollary, that Mr Corbyn’s (very relative) success does not mean that his mad prescriptions were right or practical.

In any event, the overriding issue (along with terrorism)  is social care. As someone who doesn’t stand to inherit a bundle of cash anyway, I greatly dislike the notion that it is better for me and my children to fund other people’s parents’ and grannies’ care in old age, just so their inheritance can be bigger. In fact, my feelings are more than ‘greatly dislike’. So the Tory plan for social care was brave and necessary, if only to kickstart the discussion as opposed to kicking the can down the road.

Here is the key excerpt from a concise and honest reflection by Nick Timothy, I’m afraid it’s 100% true.

The biggest complaint, though, was about our social care proposals. You can criticise the policy, but we need to be honest with ourselves. Since we have an ageing population, we need to spend more on health and care, and we need to decide how to pay for it. We can ask older people to meet the costs, subject to certain protections, from the wealth they have accrued through life, or we can tax younger generations even more. Somehow we have reached a point where older people with assets expect younger, poorer people to pay for their care. With Britain’s demographics, that is not sustainable; neither is it socially just.


2 thoughts on “Post-election blues and the truth

  1. I’m like you – it certainly needs discussion. Equality is the key point but there’s a lot of tax avoidance for example, which means there’s less available to fund local neighbourhood schemes to support the aging demographic. Then those who can pay should pay according to ability- that’s fair. The whole world now we’re so connected will become involved, like it or not. Goes that going to change the parameters?

    It’s almost that were getting two classes in the whole world, not just UK; the owners and the renters. This is leading to where we have two systems of education, two healthcare systems and so we’ll end up with two care systems: One will continue to be better resourced. (Public schools get tax exemption status for example)

    Nick T. is correct it needs addressing or the situation will just drift into chaos but it’s simply part of a far wider social issue. We have a political system from the 18C when we live in the 21C. It needs modernising…. where is the place to start, where’s the will? TM isn’t able to see the importance of this is she, even from someone she knows (and trusted till she had to throw him out of the boat)

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