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1 Austerity Britain. on Sat Nov 17 2018, 09:31

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Part of a report in The Guardian this morning. Doesn't make good reading.


The UK government has inflicted “great misery” on its people with “punitive, mean-spirited, and often callous” austerity policies driven by a political desire to undertake social re-engineering rather than economic necessity, the United Nations poverty envoy has found.
Philip Alston, the UN’s rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, ended a two-week fact-finding mission to the UK with a stinging declaration that levels of child poverty were “not just a disgrace, but a social calamity and an economic disaster”, even though the UK is the world’s fifth largest economy,
About 14 million people, a fifth of the population, live in poverty and 1.5 million are destitute, being unable to afford basic essentials, he said, citing figures from the Institute for Fiscal Studies and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. He highlighted predictions that child poverty could rise by 7% between 2015 and 2022, possibly up to a rate of 40%.
“It is patently unjust and contrary to British values that so many people are living in poverty,” he said, adding that compassion had been abandoned during almost a decade of austerity policies that had been so profound that key elements of the postwar social contract, devised by William Beveridge more than 70 years ago, had been swept away.

2 Re: Austerity Britain. on Sat Nov 17 2018, 09:50

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Ivan Campo
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That's what you get with a Tory government. Despite her empty talk of being for the many not the few May has consistently delivered the opposite of that. The Tories only care about the rich and as far as they are concerned the rest of us simply don't matter.

3 Re: Austerity Britain. on Sun Nov 18 2018, 17:08

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Jay Jay Okocha
Jay Jay Okocha
I like how you use the Labour slogan to such good effect  Very Happy

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