I DON’T think the Government should remove subsidies altogether because this will cause undue and unexpected hardship to many people.
Everyone needs help now and then, and even the rich are not always rich and can find themselves in a position where they need assistance from the Government just as a poor person does, although the poor don’t understand this.
It would be wiser if the Govern ment took steps and introduced laws that would gradually make people more independent and happier, so that they do not have the time or inclination to think about others who apparently have less than they do.
The most important thing for any government is to reduce the gap between the rich and poor, and generally ensure that no one feels hopeless that they can improve themselves.
Five steps that would produce this result are:
> introduce the minimum wage;
> strengthen the primary and secondary school system;
> reduce government involvement in business and allow the Government to concentrate on running an efficient administration;
> reduce to a nominal amount all fines and similar punitive charges;
> foster a culture of understanding, compassion and gratitude.
If the Government does these things, I think people’s income will increase, their health will improve, and so will their degree of happiness.