Quote of the Week

The old streets of Saltaire Village

More government means less community. The horizontal ties, which bind people to each other, have slowly been replaced with vertical ties, which seek to bind individuals to the state. Society is weakened by this, because the government does a very bad job. And high taxes undermine philanthropic intention, and community action. The sheet vanity of politicians blinds them to the destructive effect of their interventions. Sir Titus built beautiful stone houses for his mill workers (where there was, until five years ago, not even a pub). The government shovels the poor in high-rise welfare ghettoes riddled with crime and drug abuse. The result is this very British phenomenon: expensive poverty.’

 

Fraser Nelson gets it. Read the whole thing

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