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Sir, By offering private sector employees tax-free shares in return for the surrender of basic employment rights the Chancellor is replacing what some feel is the “something for nothing” culture with a “money for your rights” alternative.
How long before the Government’s covenant with citizens is warped further by the offer of free social care in old age in exchange for the loss of free GP consultations, or a state pension cash bonus on retirement in exchange for working until 75, or free healthcare for children in return for a private insurance system for their parents?
A world in which people are bribed into forgoing long-fought-for rights and protections in exchange for financial benefits would be a Kafkaesque dystopia. That it is being considered by the Conservatives shows that their attempts at detoxification were little more than a cynical marketing campaign.
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