This is a very interesting one. Apparently, there is a big controversy in the United Kingdom about a WHO report that shows that a “a boy born in Calton, a poor suburb of Glasgow in Scotland, has a life expectancy of 54 years – less than a child born in India – but a boy born a few miles away in Lenzie can expect to live to 82.”
That same report says that a “health care gap” between rich and poor is the main reason for such discrepancy.
Well, not so fast.
According to Gillian Bowditch, the problem is not access to health care. It is access to jobs:
“In Calton, between 50% and 60% of the working-age population are economically inactive. It is easier to park people on long-term benefits than it is to find the energy and creativity to help them move from dependence to independence.”
What happens when you have such a huge percentage of your youth without jobs: Lots of drinking and Gangs violence, the real killers in this case.
It is really unfortunate that the press is so ideologically strapped that they can’t connect the dots here. There are dark consequences to welfare societies that are disguised as social injustice and no one cries foul. Instead, they keep searching for more ways to increase government assistant and consequently making the problem worse.