Right-whinger skinflints are perverting the contract between citizen and state

Glynis Millward here gives a very useful corrective to the Tories’ rhetoric about the ‘something for nothing’ culture. She shows that Beveridge, the architect of the modern welfare state, deliberately avoided creating one through the introduction of the contributory principle. The idea that you get ‘something for nothing’ exists only in the fevered imagination of Peter Lilley, he of the ‘little list’. It was then taken up by Blair in his attempt to appeal to the middle class. As for Lilley, the man’s contempt for the poor, sick and working class was so extreme and venomous that one the TV satirical shows once portrayed him as a very slimy Gestapo commandant. Though with his strutting about on-stage with his ‘little list’ at the Tory party conference in 1993 he reminds me not so much of The Mikado, but of Philip Madoc’s U-Boat commander taking names in Dad’s Army. He’s just as grotesque, but no where near as funny. Or as talented as the late Philip Madoc.

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The architect of the contributory principle: Would William Beveridge approve of what has been said about the system he designed? The architect of the contributory principle: Would William Beveridge approve of what has been said about the system he designed?

Vox Political supporter (and McKenzie friend at the recent Freedom of Information tribunal on benefit claimant mortality) Glynis Millward has provided an interesting follow-up on the article about cancer sufferer Pete Woodcock.

Some commenters on the original newspaper story claimed that Mr Woodcock, whose benefits had been cut, should be grateful for the “free” treatment he would receive from the NHS. The comment is despicable, as it misrepresents the contributory principle of ‘benefits in return for contribution’ (as framed by William Beveridge, who designed the Welfare State) to become “free allowances from the State”.

Glynis has sent us the following report, explaining why this is wrong. Unfortunately she has not said where she found it, so I cannot give it the proper attribution.

“Any discussion of Beveridge today…

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