Kevin Myers: Welfare state mentality is a fallopian felony
If you want a sense of how utterly unrelated to reality our modern political class remains, it was in the recent declaration by the "Minister for Primary Care" (oh please) Roisin Shortall that the government would introduce "free" GP treatment for all by 2015 and universal health insurance in 2016.
The following year, no doubt, the government will eliminate our dependency on oxygen, following the Equality Tribunal's finding that it is discriminatory. The year after that, all children will be issued with gills.
Poor old Roisin: she hasn't got it, has she? Nor have the dedicated socialists of the Labour Party, which in the 1990s gave its middle class voters "free" university education. The old order is dying: it was born in the 1930s, and brought to maturity in the post-war epoch. It is the order which gave politicians the ability to interfere totally in the lives of their constituents, from the cot to the coffin. The pretext/justification for this was the welfare of the electorate: but since when did politicians ever do anything that they thought was right but which would cause them not to be re-elected? The shy, principled politician is as viable a life-form as the nitrogen-breathing equality-commissioner.