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Does Britain need fixing?

Britain is not broken, but parts of it are severely dysfunctional. And the public thinks the problems are worse than they are

By Ben Page   October 2008

Imagine a country where virtually everyone describes themselves as satisfied with their lives—only 13 per cent say they are unhappy. Where 95 per cent say they are close to their families and 76 per cent are confident about their personal futures. A country that is markedly better off than a decade before, with 600,000 fewer people in poverty and 1m fewer on out-of-work benefits. A country with universal free healthcare and the highest recorded level of satisfaction with that service, with waiting times the lowest for 40 years. A country which most people think is a good place to raise…

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