On their page about the pensions crisis, the BBC highlighted this comment sent in by a reader - presumably because they think it's a nugget of truth:
Part of the problem is that there is an expectation by many people in the UK that the state will never let them go hungry or without a home
Sandy Mann, London, UK.
Yeah, what are we like, eh?
All those unreasonable expectations like "food" and "shelter". Don't we realize the Chinese are prepared to east just a bowl of rice a day, and the Indians love to live in huge slums!
And here we are, demanding things like "decent housing" and "a living pension" from the hard-up employers.
The state should exist only to keep us in line (the police), and keep other people in line (the army).