People spreading this kind of nonsense are helping them to do it by shifting the blame away from them and letting them get away with it. The Tories are shafting the country and enriching themselves (and their already insanely rich chums), while convincing the public to bend over, part their cheeks, and ask for more; while blaming each other for the condoms breaking.
But no, it’s not the Tories fault is it? Nothing is their fault. Can’t be their fault ‘cos they wave union flags and like the queen. They’re proper patriotic Brexiters them. No, must be the poor people’s fault, and the fat people, and the immigrants, and the frivolous GP users, and the benefits cheats, and the disabled.
Don’t worry yourself about the inconvenient fact that (as the Tories drive more and more families into poverty), study after study has consistently shown that poverty is inextricably linked with poor health, alcohol and drug abuse.
Why don’t those useless cripples grow some legs and get back to being productive like the rest of us? Selfish pricks.
It’s the standard Tory justification narrative, playing to your emotional reaction. The “scroungers” are the problem, not the government.
Never mind that tax evasion by the wealthiest individuals, and biggest multinational corporations, cost this country fifteen times as much as benefit fraud in lost revenue, as they siphon the country’s wealth off to Panama and the Cayman Islands with the Tories blessing, and as the Government employs ten times as many tax inspectors to chase benefits cheats as it does to chase the tax avoiders.
The evidence that Mr. (or Mrs.) Daily Mail reader needs to “educate him/her self” about is staring him (or her) in the face. It’s the evidence that other countries in Europe have national health services, pretty much the same demographics as us, and in some cases smaller and/or weaker economies (Portugal, Italy, Spain, Ireland for example); and yet their health services are coping just fine. Funny that. It’s almost as if us having the most extreme right-wing government and media propaganda in Europe has something to do with it.
That right wing government essentially abolished the NHS in 2012, with the Health and Social Care Act of that year, which removed the Government’s legal responsibility to provide a national health service for British Citizens (the legal foundation of the NHS and of our rights and entitlement to health care), and transformed the NHS into a market open to private corporations.
The reality is that the overwhelming factor causing increasing pressure on the NHS is our increasing longevity. The proportion of the population over 65 has increased significantly, and is still increasing. Older people rely on healthcare far more than the young. That means more money has to be allocated to the NHS to compensate. The Government could easily do that if they wanted to. They could chase down the £34bn+ in avoided tax and fund the increase many times over. They choose not to, and that choice is an ideological one. They don’t want to fund the NHS. They want to sell it off into private hands, make themselves richer, and charge us all for services we have already paid for through tax.
But no, it’s probably ‘cos of fat people. Or disabled people. Or stupid people. Or fat, stupid, disabled people. And the immigrants, especially the browner ones. Yeah, it’s those bastards faults. Maybe we should round ’em up and put ’em somewhere out of sight?