It is our fault we are ill. We did not heat our homes properly, the damp and the mould have made us sick.
It is our fault we are ill, not eating our five a day of fruit and veg has impaired our immune systems, but we couldn’t do that and afford to heat our homes to keep the mould at bay.
It is our fault we are ill, we did not get enough exercise to stay healthy while we were trying to earn enough money to buy fresh fruit and veg and keep properly warm.
It is our fault we are ill, we got so stressed when the car broke down that was getting us to the job that was paying for the food and the heating and the rent.
It is our fault we are ill, we didn’t take enough time off to avoid the mental health crisis when we had to take on second jobs to pay off the enormous bill on fixing the car that was getting us to the first job that was paying for all the other things.
It is also our fault that productivity is low because we’re exhausted and not able to take sick leave when we are sick because then we might well lose our jobs or have our pay docked and we won’t be able to afford the train fairs to get us to our jobs in the first place and then we won’t be able to eat properly.
It is our fault that there aren’t enough beds at the hospitals or enough nurses to care for us because if only our productivity had been higher the government could afford those little luxuries, like keeping us alive and able to function.
But it is definitely all our fault.
It has nothing to do with bankers, or the soaring cost of rent that pours money into the pockets of the wealthy landowners who are not legally obliged to keep their properties fit for human habitation.
It is definitely our fault and has nothing to do with money spent on nuclear submarines we can never use, or high speed rail that benefits so few of us. It has nothing to do with massive corporations declining to pay their taxes or billionaires taking their money off shore.
We’ve no one to blame but ourselves, clearly.