Paul Krugman writes in today’s New York Times about a Republican proposal to end food stamps, because (yep, you’ve guessed it) they interfere with people’s sense of initiative and personal responsibility. In the UK, the government is preparing to privatise the legal system, to ‘liberate’ the courts and make them a private enterprise. The chairman of the Conservative Party tells us that a crackdown on welfare benefits has led to ‘nearly a million’ people leaving sickness benefit. The real figure turns out to be 19,700.
It was only last week that a senior Conservative described many members of his party as “mad, swivel-eyed loons”. It seems that activists who should have gone to Specsavers are not hard to find, on either side of the Atlantic.