More broadly the welfare state developed for a reason, and that reason has not gone away. The rich used to go along with the NHS and pensions (etc) because they knew - back then - that the alternative would be worse. Now the Tories have forgotten, and think human welfare is an unnecessary luxury. They think spending and employment are barriers to prosperity rather than its foundation.
We are at a crossroads. Either the establishment bends, and becomes something which meets the interests of all people, or it will break. I am very hopeful that our country will change not break. The change I am hoping for is that Labour rises to this challenge and that the Tories and the Lib Dems are beaten fair and square through the normal processes of democracy, channeling the needs of all the people.
This is a very dangerous point but I am hopeful that it will lead to good things.