Some people rely on the state completely by chance: there are people who have been in car crashes and need the NHS, people who currently have jobs that are disproportional to the cost of living – no amount of budgeting can make up for insufficient funds. Folk who need extra support to meet their basic needs, whether or despite already working, deserve it. Poverty is expensive.
The NHS has already been privatised: the NHS benefits from a special set of VAT rules called ‘COS Rules’ which stands for ‘Contracted Out Services’ – services which are contracted out and therefore provided by other hospitals and private providers. There are 76 ‘COS Rules’ here. This means that the NHS buys in services that it used to provide in-house so privatisation already began. COS Rules are also hard to understand so consultants make considerable money advising on which VAT can and cannot be recovered as billions moves through the NHS on an annual basis. That’s my simple perspective – Grace explains it better here I will not be surprised if the NHS is used to generate a profit.
The environment waits for no-one: we have a real issue with recognising the difference between ‘price’ and ‘cost’ – price is what we will pay, cost is what is costs to create. We pay low prices for things now, and arguably technology can provide some solutions, but the cost is the environment. It’s our air, water, and ability to live. What needs to be understood is that when people aren't going to be around to witness the impact of environmental degradation, they do not give a damn. Profit can be passed on to the next generation so that will be pursued, packaged, and protected at all costs.
Tax “loopholes” for private schools aren’t really loopholes: private schools are treated as charities, provided they meet certain (regulated) criteria. Aside from the broader arguments of whether private schools are ‘fair’ (they are not), removing charitable status from private schools will mean that they will turn into businesses. It’s already happening. Hear me now when I say that a Board of Trustees running a private school that is obligated to meet certain charitable requirements has a very different vibe from one that is owned, run like a company, and answers to shareholders above the Government, staff, or pupils. Genuinely, I think the ideas around removing 'loopholes' for private schools was an intentionally provocative policy introduced in order to be misunderstood on a gross scale.
Help can hinder: there are many, many articles about what you can do to help - members of the public have already begun plugging a gap for free that the Government needs to be doing. Do not step in where the Government must do more. People have died from austerity. Every city I've lived in has a 'homeless problem' - Reading in the South of England, Bradford in the North of England, and Aberdeen in Scotland. Food banks have increased alongside use. Do your part but recognize the individualization of national responsibility and continue to petition, propose policy, and make help part of society again. And remember, help requires consent.
Don't buy into 'Cancel Culture': there's plenty of fear, sadness, worry, and hate and all of it valid. Cancelling people on the basis of how they voted will magnify the problem. Now is the perfect time to find out why people voted Labour, Tory, Green, Lib Dem, SNP, and so on. We are all on the same team; we all live here and contribute; we all want a future here, and if we cancel each other we propagate polarization. Conversations count. Let me tell you, I cancelled my Dad for a year and I can tell you that reconciliation is the meaning of life. It’s far harder to love.
It's not normal: the obscene accumulation of wealth is not normal; the deification of philanthropists is not progressive; the bending of rules is not normal; 'fake news' is unacceptable; working a job and relying on Universal Credit is not good enough; sending black people bananas on apps in pubs is grotesque; relying on an inheritance for a mortgage is bullshit; global goals for sustainability in a society rooted in consumption is dumb as hell; not being able to jog at night is a fucking joke; making young people pay for education is shortsighted; short term memory on financial crashes is debilitating; and the invisible flow of capital and control will continue to disintegrate democracy. It's not a normal way to run our country.
Anyone can fail: as long as you are working or making money (don't assume the two are synonymous), you are succeeding. Money means you can look after yourself and when we have money, we assume we rely less on others. Strategic debt has value, but one source of income is no longer enough and there aren't enough jobs for everyone. It's as competitive at KPMG as it was at Lidl - every level, in every job, you will be working at 150% and please understand that 09:00 - 17:00 is a lie. Working won’t stop poverty. Get ready to need State support at some point, no matter where you are from. Remember that when everyone relies on cash from income, a lot of your decisions are made for you based on the exchanges rate, inflation, employment, and the value of the Great British Pound which you do not have any control over - individually or as a mass. You can't petition the economy, it was designed that way.
Tech is only the tip: we are on camera constantly, the 23&Me Tests keep your data once you die, and every browser tab you own collects cookies on you. The Cambridge Analytica scandal really happened - it focused on flooding the feed of people who could be 'persuaded' to vote one way by filling their social media with targeted political content. Gmail has been reading your emails for years. We aren't anonymous and we aren't being smart about our data (myself included), or thinking long term about the impacts of how we use it. Ignorance is avoidable but it's also easier. Just know that we choose less and less of what we see online.
You will only get more tired: you already knew this, best of luck.