Should the state be feeding children?

Ian Collins asks whether the state should be feeding children with free meals during the school holidays. This comes after the Labour party lost a vote in Parliament which called for the measures to come into effect.

Manchester United and England footballer Marcus Rashford has been leading a campaign on the issue.

Ian says the socialist argument requires people to view any issue from “the most troubling, seductive, traumatic or disadvantaged perspective, and then attempt to make a wholesale policy fit.”

He asks where the cut off point between state intervention and personal responsibility lies, telling listeners “it’s the easiest thing in the world” for an opposition politician to propose an amendment “for no other reason than to enjoy the political fallout from the government opposing it.”

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