Over at Lib Dem Voice, Mark Pack poses the question: Was Beveridge right to oppose the Welfare State?
This may seem an odd debating point as everyone credits William Beveridge with laying the foundation of the welfare system we currently have.
In fact, Beveridge laid out a liberal blueprint to tackle want, disease, ignorance, squalor and idleness.
The Labour Government under Clement Attlee took the report and responded by creating a centralised structure that became known as the Welfare State. The NHS, education system and social security system that many now see as representing all that is good about Britain was inspired by liberalism but built by Fabian social democracy.
It is impossible to know what would have happened if a Liberal Government had come to power in 1945 but it is likely that a support system would have been established that emphasised voluntary engagement and the decentralisation of decision-making.