Describing Migration Watch as a think tank seems a little rich:
Foreign visitors to the UK aged over 50 from outside the EU should be barred from Britain during the pandemic because of the increased risk of them putting extra strain on NHS, a think tank has proposed.
Migration Watch UK says there should be an age limit for foreign visitors until there is a vaccination for coronavirus.
Think I’d – in this sense and this sense only – classify them over there with NEF and the like. Not so much thinking as projecting underlying prejudices with a veneer of thought above them. True, the prejudices are different but the modus operandi more than just reminds. Fewer furriners, less capitalism, the plating above these changes according to circumstances but not the message itself.
Still, we’ve a nice proof of Hayek on Serfdom here. He didn’t actually say that the existence of the NHS would make us all slaves. What he did say is that if we have an NHS then at some point matters will morph from what can the NHS do for us – a reasonable and correct question – to what must we do for the NHS. Not go out, not use boozers, deny ourselves the consolations of tobacco – and that was before the coronavirus. As also we must graze plants like cattle – being farmed for the benefit of that NHS – in order to reduce costs for the NHS. Or here, Granny can’t come to see Buck Palace because NHS.
Wouldn’t it be nice to be where health care is not the national religion? Where it’s regarded properly. Sure, we both need and desire health care – so, what is which system going to do for us? Instead of the current British thought of what must we do for it?