Thatcher once said “There is no such thing as society.” How wrong she was

As this pandemic continues to develop, continues to take lives, continues to affect the self-employed and economically worse-off – one thing is for certain. We do live in a society. Sometimes, one person can only do so much when their means are limited, and they find themselves in extraordinary circumstances such as the one we as a nation are experiencing now.

Let’s look at the broader quote from Margaret Thatcher:

“I think we have gone through a period when too many children and people have been given to understand “I have a problem, it is the Government’s job to cope with it!” or “I have a problem, I will go and get a grant to cope with it!” “I am homeless, the Government must house me!” and so they are casting their problems on society and who is society? There is no such thing! There are individual men and women and there are families and no government can do anything except through people and people look to themselves first.”

If the self-employed lose their income overnight because of this pandemic – it is exactly the fault of the Government if no action can be taken. What the hell could someone who’s self-employed do in this current situation?

Further could be said of the unemployed – no one is now hiring, those with ambitions and dreams will have to put them on hold. Why are they less worthy than the self-employed?

How can a Homeless person self-isolate? More and more people won’t be able to give their spare change to them. What support is there for them?

How can a crowded family who live in a small space keep a distance from each other, for WEEKS on end?

There are COUNTLESS examples – so many different people with different stories and different situations. It is time, perhaps, for a Universal Basic Income, as providing a basic standard of living to people is now crucial for us to overcome this – those desperate for an income might have already risked their health or others, and might still be doing so despite the Government restrictions. Because they need to eat. They need to pay rent. Because they survive pay-check to pay-check.

The so-called “unskilled-workers” that the Government gleefully belittled before this crisis – the NHS workers, those who stack shelves for a living, delivery drivers and many others who fell into the Government’s definition of an “unskilled worker” – are now CRUCIAL to us as a SOCIETY overcoming this crisis.

The sad part is we might, as a Society, funnily enough, learn NOTHING from this. It is up to you, as a Society, to change this broken and corrupt system that was not prepared for this global pandemic. They knew this was coming, they were barley prepared. Let’s set our priorities in order. Let’s learn from this.

Franglish Politics

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