The purpose

The purpose

The purpose

First published in Letters by

THE debate on poverty and the spending of taxes appears to show a widespread misunderstanding of the purpose of government.

Historically it has always been the responsibility of the ruler – the role now taken by national and local government – to ensure that his people were fed, clothed and housed.

In principle this meant providing paid work, funded by a levy or tax on those who had money; social peace being better served by the circulation of money than by the cornering of it.

Since the 1970s British governments have deluded themselves that the provision of paid work can be palmed off onto commercial undertakings.

No-one in their right mind starts or conducts an enterprise on the basis that their fundamental purpose is to provide employment, no matter what their public relations people may say.

It is for the ‘ruler’, not the trader and shopkeeper, to keep social order and he cannot do it if too many of ‘his people’ feel the only way they and their families can exist is to steal, beg or rebel. The common good requires government to tax, and to provide directly, paid work for those without employment.

Maurice Vassie, Deighton, York.

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12:45pm Wed 25 Jun 14

/kev/null says...

The government no longer works for the electorate, unfortunately. The parties serve themselves.
The government no longer works for the electorate, unfortunately. The parties serve themselves. /kev/null
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4:31pm Wed 25 Jun 14

mjgyork says...

Serfdom and slavery have been illegal in Britain for a number of years. You simply cannot run your business without staff? Organise your business better or shut down! Why should everyone else pay into it? I have been working for over 50 years and now work for less than the minimum wage, because it is convenient to me and my employer. 40 years ago I think not!
Serfdom and slavery have been illegal in Britain for a number of years. You simply cannot run your business without staff? Organise your business better or shut down! Why should everyone else pay into it? I have been working for over 50 years and now work for less than the minimum wage, because it is convenient to me and my employer. 40 years ago I think not! mjgyork
  • Score: 21

9:35pm Wed 25 Jun 14

PKH says...

Matthew Laverack's argument is the same one used against the minimum wage, which proved to be totally unfounded.
Matthew Laverack's argument is the same one used against the minimum wage, which proved to be totally unfounded. PKH
  • Score: 17

12:17am Thu 26 Jun 14

ColdAsChristmas says...

I would have agreed with Mr Vassie 30 years ago but now with mass immigration and a population rise out of control it, like the NHS it would be impossible to subsidise on an international scale. Simple economics.
I would have agreed with Mr Vassie 30 years ago but now with mass immigration and a population rise out of control it, like the NHS it would be impossible to subsidise on an international scale. Simple economics. ColdAsChristmas
  • Score: -5

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