The chart below (from the Office for Budget Responsibility) may look fairly bland, but to me it is the illustration of all that is right with the UK welfare state: a cycle of solidarity
In this cycle those of working age fund the young and the old who are unable to work - and with the knowledge that those older did the same for them when they were young and when they are old today's young will do the same for them.
This chart also reflects the role the state plays in helpfully budgeting for us through our life cycle. It invests in us in our early years, then we invest during our working lives. When that time ends, again the state (in red) picks up the slack and ensures our needs are met.
That is why so many of us are passionate in defending the welfare state and public services, because we understand that this system is mutually beneficial to all: a cycle of solidarity - and long may we keep peddling that cycle.
- Andrew Fisher is author of The Failed Experiment ... and how to build an economy that works