OK, I am being deliberately simplistic and provocative, but all the readers will know exactly what I mean. I probably hear more about the home-grown loafers than I hear about the loafers from Central and Eastern Europe while I am out on the streets canvassing. We have created Generation Xbox, where some of the trappings of wealth, like our plasma TV, are no longer a privilege but a right. In other words, they do not have to be earned. Well, they do need to be earned, just by someone else.
Humans, by nature, are communitarians and we feel the need to look after the less well off, even if there is no need of, or even hope of, reciprocity. We broadly accept that there is a baseline, within reason of course, below which no-one should have to exist. We apply our own individual metrics of pragmatism and then give accordingly.
The baseline is the key to the problem. The needs are no longer limited to food, clothing, and shelter. The system now incorporates the intangible measures of appropriateness, and reasonable comfort. Included into those measures are, of course, education and healthcare. In other words, the State has dreamt up a level of well-being without defining its parameters. The interlinking of these ‘rights’ then inflates the nature of the problem. For example, the State considers that it has the duty to provide the ‘right’ of education for everyone, but because the State can never understand competition, the schools will always fail and the students will not be able to find a job, so to fulfil the ‘rights’ of our newly unemployed teenager the State has to provide payments for food and rent. The longer the system exists, the greater you will witness rights inflation. Now that virtually every household has a television, this rapidly becomes a right – a fact exacerbated by the fact that the State is a broadcaster.
The fact overlooked by this, is that my right to spend my money how I want to is being abused. This fact is causing an awful lot of resentment amongst the people, and UKIP have to come up with a credible policy on this. I for one, favour workfare programs and payment by voucher. And then, of course, we have to tackle the inflation of illnesses that require financial assistance from the State. Alcoholism and drug dependency are not diseases, and nor is stress. UKIP need to get a grip on this and make it crystal clear what we propose to the electorate to sort out this mess, a mess that is breeding resentment and discontent.