I was too ill and depressed on Friday to follow up David ‘Dung Cam’ Cameron’s Scarman Lecture speech. I’m breaking with the tradition of referring to him as ‘Web Cam’ partly because inventing horrid names for people is one of my great pleasures and partly because his ‘vision’ appears to be located in the general vicinity of his trouser rear bumper bar, as was pointed out by an astute young person recently who I think may be the son of a friend of mine. Where was I?
‘In the past we used to think of poverty in absolute terms - meaning straightforward material deprivation. That's not enough. We need to think of poverty in relative terms - the fact that some people lack those things which others in society take for granted. So I want this message to go out loud and clear - the Conservative Party recognises, will measure and will act on relative poverty.’
He seems very close to inventing the welfare state. Another decade or two and he may have it cracked. After nearly twenty-five years in this country I can say categorically, from my own experience that there is no incentive whatever for the people who have all the power and money to waste one second on diverting some of their attention to giving a kiddy a chance in life. Nothing could be further from their priority list.
‘They are sometimes the ones that do best in tackling homelessness, drug addiction, debt.’
NO! Voluntary organisations have been contracted by central government and local authorities to provide public services for a generation and have nearly always proved rubbish at it. In fact they are largely responsible for the vast variation in quality that now exists because it is so difficult to monitor what they are doing and they have proved masters at deception, if nothing else. They have also been blessed with successive governments too stupid and lazy to apply a firm managerial hand. People do not want charity, just what they've paid for.
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