A lot of the points you make are relative. In other words some of the statements you make about funding, when compared to past governments are clearly incorrect.
Education has been majorly funded by Labour. Free health care at point of access is still here while under previous governments it has been under threat.
I have never seen a urine stained chair in hospital or on a bus (not saying it does not happen, just that it is an unusual statement to make as a generalisation).
Benefits are set at a low level and are means tested, if you are not entitled to them you do not get them. If you get them illegally you face prosecution (something else we pay for through taxes).
The idea that "new guys" get a car and house paid for is ridiculous and incorrect.
Taxes are not high relatively speaking and to say we get nothing for them is also incorrect. All those services that are taken for granted have to be paid for through taxes.
While we experience taxation directly, many of the services available to us are more removed. One problem faced by any government is many people want taxes to be zero and services to be 100%. Unfortunately in the real world it does not and cannot work that way. (Sadly, many politicians seeking power, will tell you that it can work that way in order to get elected).
Taxes pay for police, armed forces, traffic lights, health care, the legal system, environmental policies, some childcare provision, benefits, food safety....the list is endless. All priorities that we want and have to pay for.
One criticism I would endorse is that there is lots of information out there about paying tax but nowhere near enough about the services we receive for it. This is left to politicians to explain and some of the explanations can be partisan to say the least.
You seem to have a fundamental misunderstanding about council housing, the benefits system and immigration. If you don't want to listen to me, at least do a little research so that what you believe and what you can substantiate are made distinct. (I would say ill-informed rather than naive).
· 10 years ago