There is plenty more where this comes from: why do pensioners in full-time work pay no national insurance, for instance?
Because it\’s insurance: largely, these days, to earn the right to your pension. Which, once earned, you get to take rather than having to keep paying for.
Airport capacity, rail and road improvement, flood defences, broadband, early years and home care all need investment,
I\’m afraid that early years and home care are not \”investment\”. They are spending. The two are not the same. Investment leads to an asset from which something can be earned: not lashing out the cash on current spending.