I wrote this about the need for a discussion about the difference between want and need, in discussion about spending priorities. I hadn’t realised then that policy maker and finance markets, can’t see voters or the services they build, so had omitted this from the equation. Welfare is a political and economic tool, it has been since Beveridge, with the only requirement to use it being the ability to moralise about the poor.

I really had never stopped to consider the possibility that we didn’t figure in their equations because they can neither see us, hear us, and we aren’t paying them for access, so why would they? This is why they don’t know that deficit reduction is nothing of the sort.