Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
If the pre-ghost Ebenezer Scrooge were alive today, he’d be a Liberal. The post-ghost Scrooge would be a Conservative.
Pre-ghost Scrooge was asked to contribute to a fund for the poor, because Christmas is a time when want is keenly felt and abundance rejoices. Scrooge declines, citing the Poor Law, Workhouse and Prisons as places for the poor to find help, which he supports through his taxes. Those who are too proud to take government help should die, and thereby decrease the surplus population.
Bell ringers are not allowed outside Target, where good Liberals shop. The poor will get no help from holiday shoppers there.
Post-ghost Scrooge continued to support those same institutions but also donated to the fund for the poor and in addition, took a personal interest in Tiny Tim’s welfare, digging into his own pocket to pay for medical care.
Conservatives routinely give more to charity than Liberals.
“A Christmas Carol” is not only a heart-warming story of personal redemption, but also a piercing commentary on politics that has lost none of its relevance.
Pre-ghost Scrooge obeyed one iron-clad “progressive” tenet; he saw people, individuals, as liabilities to be supported to everyone’s detriment. Post-ghost, he saw them as the miracles a good conservative sees.
I’ll alliow it.