Reblogging this so I see it tomorrow, so I can do something with it.
In the last year the country has undergone profound economic, social and political changes. By the time of the election, Labour had created a welfare dependent working population. The managed decline with shopping centres we called urban regeneration won’t have shopping centres this time. Half of all British working families are bound by receipt of tax credits and other benefits to subsidise ever lower wages.
With nowhere near the effort Margaret Thatcher had to go to, welfare gave whichever government won the election a direct tool with which to deleverage onto the working class. The working population and the people around them, with or without a wage, who are likely to need state support. A tool used to open up markets, make changes in the labour market and cause population shifts. You don’t need to address the minimum wage when you can tinker directly with welfare. The Tories may be hoping that…
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