Wednesday, September 28, 2005

The lady in Cardiff Bay knows what’s good for you

Plaid Cymru’s Leanne Wood exemplified socialist thinking in the Assembly yesterday as she condemned Conservative politicians for encouraging people to become property owners by buying their own council houses.

The Conservatives would now like to extend this scheme to those living in housing association properties thereby enabling yet more people to get onto the property ladder.

I pointed out to Ms Wood that surveys consistently show that these ideas are popular with those who are the main beneficiaries. Back came the rather sinister reply “Sometimes, what individuals want is incompatible with the greater good”

Indeed! How silly of the Conservative Party to think that politicians are elected to serve the people and to carry out their wishes. Leanne knows only too well that we are greater beings who always know exactly what is good for are electors whether they like it or not.

A full transcript can be found on this link


Blogger Juliet Evans said...

Well, sometimes what individuals want is incompatible with the greater god. I might decide that I want to wander around beating people up, but that would hardly be compatible with the good of society. Indeed, it seems to me that the very purpose of the law is to set down the line between the rights of the indivdual and the good of society as a whole. I don't quite see how that can be construed as 'sinister'. The only alternative would be to allow every individual complete freedom- freedom to stab anybody they don't like the look of, for example. I'm not sure what you're getting at here.

You are, of course, quite right to say that politicians are elected by the people to serve the people. Ms. Wood believes that the wishes and best interests of the majorty of society are best served by keeping council housing open to those who need it, instead of moving it into the private sector. Whether or not one considers this to be true, I simply cannot see how it can be construed as sinister, or taken as proof that Ms. Wood considers herself t obe a greater being.

As for the surveys, I would very much like to find out how the surveyors managed to get those most negatively affected by this decision to fill in questionaires- since these people are the ones who will need council housing in the future, and many of them have yet to be born.

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