AS we move forward into 2014, we, as a nation, have got to ask ourselves some searching questions on austerity, immigration, the welfare state, the National Health Service and austerity.
Prime Minister David Cameron’s claim that “we’re all in this together” is simply not true, as income tax for the rich, formerly 50p in the £1, was reduced to 40p.
The people who can afford it are once again being allowed to profit, but the most disturbing part of the coalition’s changes was to put further pressure on the poor in society by introducing the bedroom tax.
It’s as if to say to the poor that we need to replace the 50p in the £1, and we, as a coalition, can justify this. Well, they cannot get away from the fact that more than half a million people were reliant on food banks this Christmas.
We, as a country, have an estimated population of 69 million people. You have got to ask yourself the searching question of whether it’s best to be a humanitarian to the people of world or to look after No1, because, let’s be honest, the party leaders only pander to the minority in the marginal seats at election time.
It’s time to take stock of the UK’s immigration policy because, fundamentally, we are an island, not a continent, and to have no immigration policy is like having no energy policy. What happens when that occurs? The lights go out.
If we don’t tackle immigration into this country, we’ll give our grandchildren a whole host of problems.
We must accept that the housing, social services and hospital sectors can no longer cope in some areas of our country.
Let us, as people of this country, have a debate on immigration before the lights do go out.
Aneurin Bevan created the National Health Service for people in need of help from the cradle to the grave. At the time, it was correct, but politicians in this country never have vision.
Their actions are always of the day, short-term fixes, not long-term solutions.
William Beveridge was the architect of the welfare state.
Since 1945, we, as a nation, have developed tolerance and acceptance of other faiths and religions, but our politicians have failed to come up with a convincing vision since we entered the Common Market in 1973, or since the European Union was formed in 1990.
The treaties that have been passed since have had an effect on our country, for both good and bad, but we must learn that the country we live in is an island.