“Charity is a cold, grey, loveless thing. If a rich man wants to help the poor, he should pay his taxes gladly, not dole out money at whim.” These words spoken by the former prime minister Clement Attlee are as relevant today as they were when he wrote them almost 100 years ago.
Compare the charity with the cold, grey, loveless thing that is council bureaucracy.
As ever, the mistake being made is to think that government is better. For the assumption is being made that government will be perfect, while when looking at private action it is only the worst examples that are considered.
So, here, think on this a moment. What do we all agree is the best outcome for a child? To be adopted, of course, to become a child of a family as with any other child. We all agree that this is better than being in a council home.
That is, we all have as our starting point the insistence that private charity is indeed better than state bureaucracy. We might as well acknowledge that, eh?