- Jan 7, 2008
Care in the Community was very much Thatcherite in the sense that it corresponded perfectly with two of her central tenets - to sell off physical public assets wherever possible (i.e. the old hospitals and the considerable grounds that many of them were on), and to force 'independence' on peopleI haven't forgotten any of what you've written in the first paragraph... indeed, on top of that I also recall Rachel Reeves proclaiming that she intended to be as hard on benefit claimants as the Tories when she was Shadow Secretary for Work and Pensions, and Harriet Harman helping the Conservatives push the Welfare Bill through when she was interim party leader.
As such, I was done with Labour until Corbyn became leader... this subject is right at the heart of why I don't have much time for so-called Labour 'centrists' (the other factor being the way they just can't seem to fully wean themselves off of Thatcherism), because that sort of attitude seems pretty right-wing to me (centre-right at best). And they genuinely couldn't fathom why the Labour left turned against them...
For all that though, I would take even the most 'centrist' Labour government over any Conservative one. But that's me...
Care in the Community was very much Thatcherite in the sense that it corresponded perfectly with two of her central tenets - to sell off physical public assets wherever possible (i.e. the old hospitals and the considerable grounds that many of them were on), and to force 'independence' on people.
People love to repeat Thatcher's comment about the problem with socialism being that you run out of other people's money. However, there's a parallel problem with Thatcherism that, conveniently, has no such traction in the public mind - that you run out of public assets to flog off at discount rates. And North Sea oil revenue to pay for all the unemployed that were deliberately created to keep inflation down.
And if you were a care in the community patient at the start of care in the community labour and socialists took it out on you, they were really nasty, they still say if you come to them for help and support, he would be better off in hospital, it's not my job