Ethical principles are the bedrock of life
EVERY UK adult should compare four famous opinions:
1. Conservative medical policy in 1945, post-war: ‘If you can’t afford it, do without’.
2. The priority of Clement Attlee’s NHS policy in 1948: the health of all sick citizens, regardless of their poverty.
3. US Republican Party medical policy, 70 years later: ‘Good health is for those who can afford it. The rest do without’.
4. The majority opinion in Britain in 2018, that we value the NHS, for me and my family.
Do you think that this universe is trying to tell you something, that No. 2, the ethical principles of Clement Attlee, are still trying to reach the minds of all adults on this planet, in progressive stages, to establish a different kind of human life, based upon a belief of your solemn duty to others, most especially all children and the vulnerable?
Perhaps you could come to recognise the incomparable benefits of such proactive action now, plainly revealed later in the next generation, in honest, purposeful lives who responded to it, so vastly contrasted against present Tory philosophy, to punish the children for the sins of their parents? Sentimentality is no good to anyone, but real, ethical principles, if you can find them, are the bedrock of all human life.
CN Westerman Brynna, South Wales
Hanging baskets in Winchcombe, Gloucestershire, by Esmond Lane