Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Guardian: "Daughter, my generation is squandering your birthright". Telegraph: "Cheer up, George Monbiot!"

Link to The Guardian

"When I was born, almost 50 years ago, in the bitter winter of 1963, the National Health Service was just 15 years old. It must still have been hard for people to believe that – for the first time in the history of these islands – they could fall ill without risking financial ruin, that nobody need die for want of funds. I see this system as the summit of civilisation, one of the wonders of the world.

"Now it is so much a part of our lives that it is just as hard to believe that we might lose it. But I fear that, when you have reached my age, free universal healthcare will be a distant fantasy, a mythologised arcadia as far removed from the experience of your children's generation as the Blitz was from mine."

Link to Daily Telegraph

"Monbiot tells his daughter that: 'my generation appears to be squandering your birthright.' We adults are destroying the environment, we are dismantling the National Health Service, and apparently the entire country is now in the ownership of a few malicious capitalists.

"... The world isn't perfect, but it is a far better place than it ever has been to live in. Largely that is the result of the nature-defying economic growth which George Monbiot hates. Thankfully, it's going to carry on – and Monbiot's daughter will be all the better off for it."

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