Socialism has lost its way?

At a time when the spotlight was on the likes of Jimmy Carry and more than 1,000 people, who are thought to be using the Jersey-based K2 tax avoidance scheme. The prime minister has suggested that people under the age of 25 could lose the right to housing benefit, as part of moves to cut the welfare bill. The wealth of benefits that even ordinary families get is massive, why single out the young? If the average family earning £16,000 buy their own house, they get no handouts, if they rent, then they qualify for housing benefit. There are many different benefits that dissuade people from making the right choices. Get rid of income tax for anyone earning enough to claim housing benefit, and make the wealthy pay a fair share. Aneurin Bevan, introduced the National Health Service in 1948. He would be turning in his grave if he was aware of the millions that ill old people need to pay for their own health care. Health care should be free. Instead, we have free handouts of child care, free entry into museums, television licences, bus passes; and the council spending millions on an Arena for our entertainment. I don’t consider myself a socialist, but I can see the need for essential services such as health and education being free for life, but that is not the case. We have lost our way, as a society, too many things are free, but the wrong things.

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