No. I’m not very good at titles. You may have realised that already. This post is not really about obesity at all. It’s written out of ignorance – as well as a reluctance to make myself seem more learned than I am by spending five minutes Googling statistics held online. A couple of days ago, [...]
In truth, the Tories were right: we are all in this together. And we are all better together.
The problem is they don’t really believe what they say, but – at the same time – what they say is what we ought to say.
A dependence society is bad for everyone concerned: individuals, whether we are “healthy” or not; companies and businesses, whether we are big- or small-scale. To scrounge a living on the backs of others is about as un-human as anyone can get: the glory of “being” surely lies in proactivity, not the kind of inactivity that relying unnecessarily on others can lead to.
It doesn’t make any difference whether you defraud pennies or billions of pounds: it’s primarily the mindset which is wrong here. One thing, then, that is broadly shared, I can tell you, is this mindset of something for nothing I describe. That’s how we’ve been taught to think over the past thirty years. That’s what “greed is good” does to you.
Yes. The Tories were right. In what they said.
The Tories were, however, wrong. In what they did.
If Labour is looking to see what its next manifesto should really contain, it could do far worse than to take Tory platitudes; give them to our most dedicated (ie humane) socialists; and turn them into properly burnished policies – policies which impact on everyone, in what we would like to call society.
Always assuming that more radical change to our structures is no longer possible short-term, the kind of government we need runs as follows:
- A leader like any half-decent philosopher out there – let’s call them HDPh for ease of use – who is able to identify the essence of what makes us happy human beings, and then enable and facilitate the changes and direction we’re all looking for.
- A communications tsar like Cameron himself (though please never like IDS, Gove or Boris), able to form and trot out the platitudes we all want to believe in, but which – for a number of years – we’ve failed (for good reason) to believe he believes in.
- A second-in-command policy-adviser type like Ed Miliband himself (though please never like those beloved of the so-called Blue Labour clique), able to identify and stand up to the big issues of the day before anyone else has the guts or nous to do so, and then define a proactive response that lives up to the needs of our peoples. (Needless to say, communication of the latter would be the responsibility of the communications tsar.)
As you can see, no further justifications are required: we are in it – and better – together.
The only problem I can see is that no political party, nor leading light, cares to do just what they’re best suited to; all of them want to be uniquely responsible for making a mess of our lives.
HDPh-type, where are you?