Mabel Nash at 99 years old has every reason to be cautious about leaving the surroundings she has known for all her life. Her decision is even harder, as it places a financial burden on her relatives.
Merton's policy of asking her relatives to top up the low charges they are prepared to pay is a Tory idea. It favours only the better off in our society. For generations we have accepted a two-tier system in education and health. Now a Labour council have extended it into care of the elderly.
Tony Colman once told me that he was a socialist. I did not believe him then. I certainly would not now.