About choices not rights

Strong words, from Gordon Brown:

. . . But I am anti-bludging. Let’s call it what it is.

It’s about a small but growing group of people who think they have a right to make any decision they like and we should pay for their consequences.

It’s not about rights, it’s all about choices.

I have nothing but the greatest admiration for those couples, and women, who went without to give their children a good upbringing. Anyone over the age of 30 or so will know what I mean. They, like us, never received a cent from the Government (or us) for childcare. My wife worked, we paid the costs and what was left over went towards our savings to buy our first house.

It may come as a shock to the likes of Ms Moroney to know that women generally planned their pregnancies and the last thing on their minds was a Government hand-out.

Just why we should pick up the tab and somehow be jointly responsible for anyone else’s child isn’t the sign of a more enlightened society. It is a symptom of a reluctantly indulgent society, which simply can’t afford such profligacy, that allows others who abdicate their own responsibilities to bludge off the rest of us.

When welfare began it was not universal and was based on need.

Gradually it has evolved so that benefits have become entitlements given not just to those in need but also some in want or even greed; and the first recourse for people whose budgets are stretched is not to cut their costs but to expect a top-up from the public purse.

3 Responses to About choices not rights

  1. Andrei says:

    Anyone over the age of 30 or so will know what I mean. They, like us, never received a cent from the Government (or us) for childcare.

    Those with agendas are very very good at rewriting history and telling lies!

    When my eldest was born there was a universal child benefit which had been in place for many many years,

    By the time she was born in 1988 inflation had eroded its value to not very much.

    However the rules were for a first child it could be capitalized ie amount payable up to the babies 16th birthday could be taken as a lump sum in a one off payment – which we did and just as well because it was axed soon after.

    Of course in the days when society still valued children, a man could claim tax rebates for his dependents, including his stay at home wife who was raising them.

    This was in the days before society had lost its marbles and realized that children an investment in the future and not an obstacle to ones path to self fulfillment and the raising of them considered an activity to be encouraged.


  2. inventory2 says:

    Gordon Brown is right on the money. Before my children were born, my then-wife and I saved every cent we could, then paid off our second mortgage so that we would be able to live on one income for several years. Although that income was modest, we managed, and the children most certainly didn’t go without.

    But we planned our family, and took responsibility for being able to raise them without having to go cap-in-hand to the government for more help. And that’s how it was in the 1980’s. Nowadays, young parents want everything AND children, and expect the government to hand it to them on a platter. When you have MP’s like Gareth Hughes raving on about broadband internet access being “a fundamental human right”, you realise how arse-about-face (sorry Ele) society has become, and how material things and instant gratification an=re now the rule rather than the exception.


  3. homepaddock says:

    Andrei – Family Benefit was universal but in those days few would have used it to pay for child care.

    I2 – exactly, these aren’t all benefits for basic necessities for people in real need, some are for people who make choices then expect others to help them pay for them.


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