Those of us who happen to have inherited ambitious stable parents, decent education, middle-class competitive values and the virtual certainty of being employed in good work should view them as national assets (like North Sea oil) from which all should benefit. Those of us who have been given much cannot avoid the obligation to share it generously with others via the fairest system available, namely a level of personal taxation and redistribution that ensures a fair and decent quality of life for all. None of this prevents appropriate welfare reform so that money is wisely spent and genuine waste reduced.
Any other system, including compulsory private provision by the well- off, will in the end be seen to be unfair with disastrous consequences for social cohesion.
The Rev CHRIS BRICE
Director, Christian Action and Response in Society
Diocese of London