Socialism vs Communism
I think there is a difference between socialism and communism. I believe in socialism higher taxation and higher wages for workers. Communism on the other hand is a kind of exploitation it tells people that rising up and having a bloody revolution and overthrowing the government is the answer to poverty when it isn’t. We have to remember that millions died in the Russian Revolution. Although we hate the police and education system, we still need it to maintain some kind of order in our society. After the first world war in Britain the Liberal democrats introduced social welfare reforms in Britain such as the free school meals act in 1906. However even today this act is neglected children with parents on low income are given the choice. They still make their children up packed lunches full of Nutella sandwiches and crisps. Or give their children money. This in itself shouldn’t be allowed. If your child is entitled to school meals, they should get school meals!! It isn’t about the parent its about the child. Every child should have the opportunity to have at least one descent nutritious school meal a day such as soup or potatoes and chicken or whatever. When I think back now as a young child, I used to love school dinners I liked getting a cup of soup and a nice fresh roll or getting a carton of chocolate milk or a cup of fresh orange or apple juice or cake and ice cream. Then as I got older I started coming home for my lunch. I missed out on the opportunity to mix with my peers and instead spent the time at my grans house watching bargain hunt and eating tinned macaroni.
This I think this effected my ability to socialise at high school. First and second year were just a nightmare you were sort of thrown in at the deep end expected to swim. You were given a timetable and expected at 12 years old to work out where all your different classrooms were. My school was quite big and had lots of different blocks. I remember an adult once asked me where a classroom was like if an adult cant work it out why are you expecting a twelve-year-old to be able to? I remember the panic of having like four minutes to work out where all these different classrooms were desperate not to be late in case you were humiliated by your peers or teachers. At break times I spent them lining up in my fife card que to avoid being titled a loner. The liberals also carried out the (administrative provisional act) 1907. Medical inspections carried out for school children, school boards could act against parents who sent their child to school in a bad condition (not that they actually do) free medical treatment given to school children after 1912. Children’s act (the children’s charter) 1908. Child begging was outlawed, penalties imposed on shops for selling tobacco or alcohol to children. Juvenile courts were set up. DEATH SENTENCE ABOLISHED FOR CHILDREN!!!!!!
In terms of Part 1 of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995 (which deals with matters including parental rights and responsibilities), a child is generally defined as someone under the age of 18.
That means that killing children under the age of 18 whatever the reason is murder and in America would be classed as a capital offence and could lead to life imprisonment or even execution and anyone who supports the death sentence for children should not have a place in government or the health system , during training medical students take the Hippocratic oath the exact phrase “do no harm” . I have bairns does not matter. The Law is The Law. If you don’t want someone in your country as you believe they are at risk, you move them to a different country to receive treatment you don’t just kill a child. No matter who they are. If their disabled, If their NEET, If their Charles Dickens or even if their bloody Michael Jackson. The Law is the Law. And breaking it especially this law should come with severe consequence. Let alone allowing the person to become prime minister of the country. In the early 19th century a free national health service did not exist, and the poor could not afford medical attention, In 1911 the liberal democrats introduced the national insurance act in 1911. However, despite this the NHS still tend to favouritism more wealthier patients. Like girls with anorexia over children with acute mental health problems. Like if a child is phoning nhs 111 practically everyday complaining of panic attacks do you not think they need SOME FUCKING HELP!!!
- provided compulsory health insurance for workers earning under £160 per year
- the scheme was contributory – the employee paid 4d, the employer paid 3d and the state paid 2d – to provide sickness benefit of 9 shillings
- if ill, the employee was paid 9 shillings (for up to 13 weeks) then 5 shillings (for an additional 13 weeks)
- the employee was also offered free medical treatment
- 30 shillings was provided for maternity benefit
However benefits were lost after 26 weeks absence from work.
Reforms for the unemployed remember there’s a difference between being working class and being poor. The poor are regularly regarded as the homeless or unemployed and sick and those relying off the state for their income. The working class usually work in low paid jobs such as shops, factories, building sites , cleaners , beauticians ect.
Labour exchange act , 1909
Offices were set up to help unemployed people find work. By 1913 430 labour exchanges were set up 3000 people a day were provided with work by 1914, however when long term unemployment increased and the system began to break. Like today.
Labour reforms 1945-51
Throughout world war two , the country was governed by a coalition government , Labour , conservative and Liberal democrat (who all failed to stop Hitler and the Nazis. Campervan Germans spit) During the war the government became much more involved in peoples life’s and introduced rationing of foodstuff clothing and food. They gave extra milk to children and expectant mothers but not to the millions of Jews , communists , disabled and black people dying in death camps. The rationing and bombing helped peoples attitudes change towards poverty as people had limited means. William Beveridge was the driving force behind the welfare state,
The Welfare state was made up of the five Giants.
Disease (caused by inadequate healthcare)
Want (Caused by poverty)
Squalor (caused by poor housing)
Ignorance (caused by lack of education)
Idleness (caused by the lack of Jobs , or the ability to gain employment)
Even today these five simple reforms are neglected. The NHS is not fit for purpose and is neglecting people’s health. Want. People in this country are given barely nothing by the state and are Hardly able to survive. Squalor Margret thatcher sold all of our council housing meaning a rise in homelessness especially in young people and making claiming a suitable council house incredibly difficult. Ignorance the government could easily increase the school leaving age to 18 but don’t as they fear it will mean less university places and high wage jobs for middle- and upper-class children. Idleness because of poor and working-class children’s lack of qualifications and education, and poor mental or physical health there is an inability to gain employment. Take me for example say I had been made by law to stay in school at least until 17 this could have changed my life drastically. Even if I didn’t have enough qualifications to access university, I would have probably been able to access the armed forces. As I would have ok qualifications and perhaps be fit enough mentally, or I could have accessed a HNC at college in social science or journalism. Yet our government are disgustingly biased. They put out little things to trip us up, like introducing national 4 and not allowing less academic or poorer children to sit an exam paper. When you actually think about it our government is mucked up. We claim to be superior because our education and healthcare is free, but it is inadequate, its bursting at the seems its unfit for purpose and wealthier families should have to pay for their healthcare and education. Even if that means you get a less fancy car or a house with a smaller mortgage. It would mean that poorer children don’t slip through the net and a poorer child’s life is worth more than anything of material value.