Saturday, 4 June 2011

Polly still doesn't get it, and neither does Dave

1. The State is utterly useless at providing national-scale homogeneous institutional social care; either it's unacceptably substandard or so expensive as to be unaffordable. Neither the NHS nor Whitehall's 'local agents' the councils can do so economically or efficiently 


2. The State's pet private corporations - Crapita, G4S, Southern Cross and the rest - are utterly useless at providing national-scale homogeneous institutional social care; either it's unacceptably substandard or so expensive as to be unaffordable. None of the big national scale private corporations can do so economically or efficiently.


Polly buys into (2) above but denies (1). Cameron buys into (1) above but denies (2). Anyone else with any sense recognises the truth of both, perhaps with some isolated exceptions. 


Statists will now put their fingers in their ears, close their eyes and go 'nyah nyah nyah'. For there is a solution - and it's local. In fact it was working prior to the introduction of the National Insurance Act a century ago - a mixture of strong horizontal family and community ties, private insurance, friendly societies, mutuals and suchlike. How long do you think it will take for them to get it? 

8 comments:

right_writes said...

"Polly still doesn't get it, and neither does Dave"...

Great minds think alike Raedwald... These great minds always think that we ordinary folk are incapable of managing for ourselves, and need government (local or otherwise) bods to look after us.

God knows how we survived the previous 10,000 years without their help.

Jeff Wood said...

Here in Italy, there is a system of "at home" care.

For a wage starting at Euro 800 a month plus keep, women live with the old folks and look after them. The wages are paid the old folks out of their pensions, and by their families, who can thereby often keep working.

There are several examples in our village, and the care posts are mostly filled by Poles. It seems to work well, and it is easy to see, in a village context, that everyone is happy.

One Polish lady looks after a woman with multiple sclerosis, and gets paid more. It is noticeable that the family rally round more in this case.

An old boy with no family who was widowed last year told the lass who had looked after him and his wife that if she takes care of him till he dies, she gets the apartment. In lieu of contract, he announced the fact to the village, so the executry will be easy.

There will still be some difficult cases for the Comune or the State to look at, but the ground is pretty clear of the simpler problems.

H said...

Yes, but... going from here to there is not very straightforward! Take family ties, for instance - are people really going to start having their unmarriageable maiden daughters living with them into middle age, as they used to?

Raedwald said...

H - yes, unless they take positions as nannies, governesses or tutors in more affluent households, or do as many do and care for their parents into old age at home. Why not?

Anonymous said...

And who looks after the single young woman in the family way but with no family.

Raedwald said...

Why, the Parish of course - until she's fit to work and feed them both herself; a live-in position in an inn or pub would be ideal, making use of underused residential space and offsetting labour costs by the housing recharge, and she would be close to her infant to boot.

Anonymous said...

God knows how we survived the previous 10,000 years without their help.

Well, actually, lots of people died young and the life expectancy was around 40 for most of the last 10000 years. Most of our problems are caused by people surviving things (like diabetes, cancer, accidents, childhood infections) that would have killed them.

Let's say you have a disease that means you will die in your 20s, and your family has no money to do anything about it. The state says that it will give you free care and let you live a normal (but more expensive) life paid for by the taxpayer, are you not going to take it? Where does your "managing by yourself" get you then?

As for the elderly, well, people are supposed to die shortly after reaching pension age, but who is going to go quietly when they have spent their whole life paying into the system?

Rob said...

They are never going to 'get' it. Localism = no power