Britons favour state responsibilities over individualism, finds survey | Society | The Guardian

English: Margaret Thatcher, former UK PM. Fran...

English: Margaret Thatcher, former UK PM. Français : Margaret Thatcher 日本語: 「鉄の女」サッチャー英首相 Nederlands: Margaret Thatcher Svenska: Margaret Thatcher som oppositionsledare 1975 Русский: Маргарет Тэтчер, бывшая премьер-министр Великобритании (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Guardian reports on a very interesting international study which is worth a read. Check it out!

via Britons favour state responsibilities over individualism, finds survey | Society | The Guardian.

In the week of Margaret Thatcher’s funeral, it is timely to  reflect that so much of her legacy has been squandered. As a passionate Margaret Thatcher supporter when she was my local MP, I believe that there’s a strong case for the revival of Thatcherism (individualism)?

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  1. Rather too many of them want the state to pick up the tab for them and do their thinking for them.
    With Adult Social Care they want the state to pay and do the work for them but if they are running small businesses they want other taxpayers to subsidise the low wages they are prepared to pay in the form of “Working Tax Credit” and they want people who own their own houses to subsidise those that don’t have them by dint of providing Housing Benefit.

    At the same time, people dislike the idea of an unmarried woman producing children, then claiming for a man who moves in with her whose role is to father more children and whose hardest task is putting on his dressing gown prior to turning the remote control to view Jeremy Kyle.

    People who own I-Phones are quick to rail against Terry Gou forcing his Foxconn workers to put in 17 hour days but are at the same time unwilling to pay a penny more for their I-Phones. This is because they dislike Mr Gou who is a wealthy Taiwanese businessman and think that he rather than Apple should cut his profits for their benefit.

    Often I am told by people with straight faces that China exploits its workers with “sweatshop conditions” yet the same people shop at Primark and at the top end of the scale Harvey Nichols and Gieves and Hawkes, both owned by Chinese companies.

    With Fairtrade coffee, they seem to regain their purported sense of “fairness” by being willing to pay more to assist African plantation workers.

    With food in this country people want and expect it to be good and cheap but cannot see the relationship between benefit fraud and the use of Eastern Europeans to pick their food by the 1000 agricultural gang-masters who operate in East Anglia because farmers cannot find people willing to work on the land from amongst the indigenous population.

    What the Guardian survey shows is a nation that does not understand cause and effect, that is not willing to think logically, that is racist, that has failed to come to terms with modern reality and that is unwilling to pay its way or be responsible for anything.

    Margaret Thatcher would have recognized it as the world she tried to change but would have been shocked at just how much of her legacy has been squandered by her psuedo Conservative successors.

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