After many years of this countries finances being not well managed, we are all paying the price one way or another via state support. And for those who had the opportunity to save for the future I am sure it seems very hard for Joe Bloggs down the road to get everything or so it seems.
For every Joe Bloggs who appears to have the state to provide for them, there are many who suffer and go without, some are my neighbours, some are my friends and of course there are thousands of others I do not know. And every year I am sure we all read somewhere in the media of an appeal to provide equipment for a hospice, hospital or individual because the state cannot provide.
In my locality our local council are asking the community to decided whether it is more important to keep regular refuse collections or provide the same level of social care. I am sure the community is as challenged on this as you BLFers.
I think in these times of austerity we have to accept if we have funds that can be used to improve our lives we must use them until they are gone before we turn to the state for support. I am sure some will disagree and that is your right, but the more of us who demand from that meagre pot of state funds, the less we will all get at the end of the day. And I for one would rather see those who really need it get care and support because of lack of financial means than someone who has a few thousand in the bank, claims it simply because they could.
We all moan how the UK doesn't do this or that, but if you really think about it compared to the third world countries, and those without a health care system like the NHS we are a lucky nation. I am thankful that I keep myself warm, fed and have access to health care. So count your blessings, we live in the UK, we by no means live in a perfect system but compared to some countries we could be a whole lot worse.