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Brexit proved our economy is broken, but our leaders still have no clue how to fix it | Aditya Chakrabortty | Opinion | The Guardian
It ultimately comes down to this: decades of privatisation, hammering unions and chucking billions at the housing market while stripping the welfare state has effectively ended any semblance of a national, redistributive economy in which a child born in Sunderland can expect to have similar life chances to one born in Surrey. Yet politicians remain fixated on mechanisms that no longer work adequately for those who actually depend on the economy. They obsess over GDP growth when the benefits of that are unequally shared between classes and regions. They boast about job creation when wages are still on the floor.
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january 2019 by petej
Today’s Britain: where the poor are forced to steal or beg from food banks | Aditya Chakrabortty | Comment is free | The Guardian
“Hunger will tame the fiercest animals,” wrote Townsend in support of his welfare reforms. “It will teach decency and civility, obedience and subjection … it is only hunger which can spur and goad the poor on to labour.”
poverty  unemployment  welfare  benefits  sanctions  punishment  coercion  crime  austerity  IDS  DuncanSmithIain  FreudDavid  dctagged  dc:creator=ChakraborttyAditya  LawsDavid 
october 2014 by petej
BBC News - Iain Duncan Smith urges wealthy elderly to 'hand back' benefits
"We want to say to people, you're claiming unemployment benefit but you're actually in work paid for by the state: you're in work to find work. That's your job from now on: to find work."
work  welfare  benefits  unemployment  IDS  DuncanSmithIain  ToryParty  universalCredit 
april 2013 by petej

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