I was sent this book by the Institute of Economic Affairs (Click link to read about and buy book) before Xmas. It is taking a long time to read because by the time I have finished two pages I'm fuming at the stupidity and waste and have to go outside.. This really is an essential read.
The Welfare State We're In
Britain would be better off without the welfare state
'The welfare state has caused tens of thousands of people to live deprived and even depraved lives, and has undermined the very decency and kindness which first inspired it.' James Bartholomew
Marshalling an extraordinary range of evidence and calling a kaleidoscopic cast of witnesses from Catharine of Aragon to Vinnie Jones, James Bartholomew summons into the dock each of the sacred cows of the welfare state and subjects them to searching cross-examination:
* Do welfare benefits cause unemployment?
* Does the NHS do what was promised?
* Has state education given better chances to the less well-off?
* What caused the failure of council housing?
* Does 'broken parenting' matter?
* Is a poor state pension better than none?
And he begins his summing up with the key question, if the welfare state is so bad, why don't we get rid of it?
This book will infuriate many and be applauded by as many again. But no one who reads it will ever view the welfare state in the same light as before.