Freeing Labour's five million Welfare slaves from the heavy chains of their captivity was never going to be either painless or easy. That something like a tenth of our people have been condemned to a hopeless prison of hand to mouth subsistence, grinding disregard, short lives and poor health is a matter of shame for this nation, yet all Labour's bombastic rhetoric is nowt but the bawling of the Slavemaster eager to herd the hopeless flock. Labour want to keep the poor poor; Cameron wants to free them from poverty. That's the honest and fundamental difference between the parties.
Idleness breeds a terrible dependence on the Almsgiver, and when the hand that feeds is the central State, idleness on a massive scale creates a population cohort who will surrender freedom, pride, liberty and aspiration to maintain their direct dependent link with the State. Like that black dog Rousseau, Labour strives for a direct vertical link between the overweening State and every individual citizen, and with five million Welfare slaves they achieved it, at enormous personal, social and economic cost.
This is why I think IDS' Welfare reforms can't succeed unless he takes on Frank Field's ideas of localising Welfare, and that rather than some grand national scheme run from the DWP true salvation will come from the State devolving Welfare altogether to the level of the Parish and the Ward. Not only will the poor be better done by, they will become visible, freed from the blanketing darkness of State anonymity, and with that visibility will return pride and self respect. Localised Welfare will also break for ever Labour's slave chains that bind the poor to the State. Resources will be better targeted, the poor will be assessed as individual people, fellow citizens, not the classifications of a Soviet bureaucracy. Idleness, squalor, ignorance and disease will be hunted and rooted out.
Now is our chance to effect the greatest democratic change in Britain since universal suffrage, to bring back millions of lost souls, fellow citizens, to the participatory fold, to foster aspiration, regain pride and self respect and play a full part in the economic recovery. Don't let's blow it.