I have always thought that society should provide for those who are ill and infirm or otherwise unable to look after themselves, but this "Just About Managing" nonsense is starting to exercise me.
Has Britain gone totally soft?
When I were a lad, the vast majority of folk had nowt other than a work ethic and a will to do the best they can.
We ate whatever was put on the table. We walked miles to school because we couldn't afford bus fare. If we wanted a book, a telly or a car, we saved up until we could afford it and until then we did without. We lived within our means.
Few people complained and as a nation we generally got on with it and we took what we were given. It was the British way, the Blitz mentality, nose to the grindstone and acceptance of our lot - and for the most part we were happy, even if Xmas day presents amounted to little more than a tangerine and a piece of string.
Yesterday I watched the appalling tale of a bloke who works at Liverpool Uni, earns £29 grand and is struggling to keep his wife and five kids in a style to which they are accustomed.
Hang on? Five kids? When did we earn the right to have more kids than we can afford and insist that the rest of society picks up the bill?
Is he just about managing to keep up the payments on his fancy car or his £100 a month SKY bill? Poor bastard.
Then it dawned on me that 90% of society is in the "Just About Managing" group that the Tories have created to appease the mood of the nation and distract folk from the problems they have caused.
No wonder we voted to leave the EU - I can only think of a handful of people who are not JAM.
Because as long as society believes that it is a human right to breed beyond your capability to support or to spend beyond your capability to pay everyone will be "just about managing" - forever.