Tory jenga 2

Some small additions to this drawing seemed called for:

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Many ethical systems come down to principles such as ‘do as you would be done by’. It’s a principle that requires a bit of moral imagination, though. If you focus on yourself, and the worst thing you can imagine is having to pay more tax, ‘do as you would be done by’ doesn’t get you very far. If the people deciding what is a reasonable standard for public housing had to contemplate living in it themselves, maybe they would be less likely to prioritise saving money over saving lives.

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Tory Jenga (or ‘hollowing out the state’?)

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Environmental protection should be on one of the lower bricks, along with public transport and many other things – but you get the idea I hope…

(Caveat: I have been pondering lately the importance of using complete and well-formed sentences capable of being judged as true or false when arguing for a position or policy, but I couldn’t resist this metaphor. While ‘a picture paints a thousand words’ it is of course pure rhetoric and asserts nothing.)