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The Dependency Culture Takes Over The Nation 12 February 2007

Posted by David in Policy.
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Over a third of households owe half of their income to the state, according to new government research in the Telegraph. Labour has used the benign and successful economy – built by the tough but economically very wise Thatcher reforms – to create a huge block of state dependent voters. State dependent voters tend to vote for the party of the state, Labour. They are hardly going to bite the hand that feeds them. As a Civitas report stated: The Chancellor’s tax credits scheme was “only the most prominent example of welfare policies intended to create a grateful electorate rather than free-thinking citizens”.

The Sunday Times noted that “In the northeast of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, government spending exceeds 50% of their gross domestic product (GDP). In the northeast and Wales it accounts for almost 60% of the economy. In Northern Ireland it accounts for more than two-thirds of its GDP at 67%. In London and the southeast, in contrast, government spending accounts for just one-third of the economy.”

Whilst The Business took a similar line: “British public sector workers are now better paid than their counterparts in the private sector, enjoy better pensions and work fewer hours. So they have good reason to be grateful to Labour; and they repay it by voting for it. Welcome to the great buy-up of the British electorate: many of Labour’s safe seats are now as socialised as the old Soviet states of Eastern Europe. Of the 200 constituencies where public-sector employment is highest, just 20% are held by the Conservatives, 70% by Labour; by contrast, in the 200 seats where the private sector employs most people, 50% are Conservative.”

But all of this cuts back to something I have believed for a long time, namely that people being independent is not in Labour’s interest. All the time people are dependent on state welfare, they vote for pro-welfare state parties, Labour. When they become free and successful, attitudes change, and they tend to vote Conservative. So why would Labour want people to become free and successful. It’s simple, they won’t. Hence their almost obsessive opposition to right to buy council homes and grammar schools – these two policies were dependency destroyers, turning thousands of Labour voters into Conservatives.

But all of the state dependency has to be paid for by the productive private sector, which grows slower (and can shrink) under the burden of tax necessary to fund Labour’s great voter buy-up. Labour won’t mind though, the smaller the private sector, the more demand there is for the state.

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