16 October 2010

A contemptible society

Every time Christopher Booker details another case of state-sanctioned child abuse, I remember that the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals obtained a Royal Charter in 1840, but the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, copied from a US model, only obtained royal patronage in 1895.
The moral test of government is how it treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the aged; and those in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped. - Senator Hubert Humphrey, 4 November 1977
What score, then, for a Welfare State that empowers anonymous bureaucrats to rip children from their natural parents without right of appeal, that regards the elderly sick as "bed blockers" while looting their savings, and which uses disability benefit to conceal the extent of unemployment among the able-bodied?

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