I’m reading a book called The Backwoodswoman by Isabel Skelton, c1924, Ryerson Press, and I come across a paragraph about Britain in the 1800s:
“Bad as conditions were in England and Scotland, they were worse in Ireland. The redundant populations there was far greater for the size of the country, and the destitute had no poor rates to keep them. Conditions were so hopeless that the evil was in many cases just allowed to cure itself. This it did naturally, more or less speedily, by simply putting an end to the sufferers. Without homes, without food, without money and without care, the poor starved wretches died by scores in the ditches:.
This is why our elders fought for the Welfare State.