This is an amazing revelation of gross and profound stupidity. Nesrine Malik seems not to realise that there’s no one around here but us chickens to pay for stuff. The only group – because dolphins don’t pay tax and cabbages don’t staff food banks – that can offer up the resources to do stuff in Britain are we Britons.
Now, sometimes it will be better to do stuff individually, sometimes collectively and voluntarily – those little platoons of society – and sometimes it will all work better with the firm thwack of government compulsion. We can also even differ over which belongs in what class. But it is still true that there’s only us here to do things or pay for them – the true cost of anything being what has to be given up to get it, time, other resources, whatever – so it’s going to be us doing the paying.
The importance of this being that government isn’t a manner of us not having to pay. It’s just a different manner of organising – sometime appropriate, sometimes not – how that we paying for it all is to be done.
Which means that this is crass idiocy:
It would be reasonable to suppose the expansion of our role into funders of services that should be provided by the government is an embarrassment for the Conservative party.
We’re the funders either way, Honey.
Already forced to commit to more public spending than it ever would have contemplated in normal times, the government’s refusal to extend the paltry sums needed to extend the free schools meals programme is not a matter of money but of precedent.
Whether it’s public spending or charity or little platoon collective activity it’s still us financing it Love. Can’t be any other way because we’re the people here.
Now, it is possible to think that a certain thing would be better done by government, this other thing better done by the peeps directly. Rubbish collection for example:
It is a common feature of corrupt regimes – when the people resign themselves to the fact that they are on their own, they develop all sorts of coping mechanisms. In my birth country of Sudan, most neighbourhoods fashioned such an efficient system for collecting and disposing of waste that when the government eventually started a trial waste-disposal scheme there was no rubbish to collect.
Sounds like a pretty cool argument for less government to me but that’s not the way that Ms. Malik sees it. But what transfers this over into idiocy is this:
We can do both. We will help the NHS. We will feed our neighbours’ children. But we should never forget that it’s not our job to do so.
It is our job and we’re the people who are going to pay for it either and any way. The discussion of government or private action is about how it is to be organised – we the people are going to pay for it whatever for the very simple reason that we’re the only people here who can pay for it. Either and any way that it is done.
We do get to that other little thought too. If the people, collectively and voluntarily, manage to sort out rubbish collection, feeding the poor and all that, then what need for government to do it for the people anyway?