5 March 2009

New Labour was never soft on the poor

Even in the boom years of New Labour, life was not soft on those at the bottom of Britain’s unequal society. Relative and often absolute poverty has increased for those ensnared in the crime and drug ridden ghettoes. Lives have been scared by insecure employment and housing; and psychologically by exclusion form the “good life” seemingly enjoyed by the richer two thirds of Britain.

What is happening now in the 2009 recession - and what is politically significant - is that poverty is penetrating upwards.

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