We need to be shocked into action about why wealth still dictates life expectancy | Comment is free | The Guardian

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In this op-ed in the Guardian, Paul MMason writes that there is a vast and growing health inequality between the poor and the well-off, arguing that it’s a reflection of the tilted playing field of life

Source: We need to be shocked into action about why wealth still dictates life expectancy | Comment is free | The Guardian

I respect the evidence that Mason is citing. However, his article is biassed by his own politics which strongly favor socialism and a bigger state to solve the problems.

With more conservative politics, I see things differently. For me, government policy must help people to help themselves. Of course, I agree with proper safety nets for the truly needy.

There are enormous challenges, including education, skills, diet, personal healthcare, work and leisure.

The context of increasing junk-food availability needs addressing too.

The economic outlook is for fewer traditional jobs on the back of increasing technology. So governments need policies to keep people active, healthy and as net contributors to society.


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  1. Dr Alf is right about the “compassionate” writer of this typical Guardian piece, Paul Mason.

    Paul Mason needs to look at the makeup of the Guardian Media Services Board and the tax evading tactics it uses which would make Amazon and Microsoft, Starbucks and Glaxo have a run for their money.

    To a man or woman, these people are all Cambridge educated and from wealthy or comfortable backgrounds and as tax evaders Guardian Media Services are taking money out of the system which could be used to provide preventative healthcare and health education.

    The Guardian has long campaigned for greater fairness and equality in the country yet through its advertisements left wing apparatchiks are recruited into quangos, the NHS, local authorities which are amongst the most inefficient and obdurate and uncompetitive organisations anywhere in the country.

    In a person, the Guardian’s behaviour would be rightly regarded as hypocrisy and for Paul Mason to write as he does is double hypocrisy.

    Inequality has existed in this country since it was founded and has always led to unequal morbidity and mortality outcomes.

    There is nothing new in this and the problem transcends political parties, even those that the Guardian and Paul Mason supports, so we should take his indignation and manufactured compassion with a very large pinch of salt.

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