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My answer to the welfare crisis

Parties are promising the wrong things on public spending and benefits

By Frank Field   June 2013

Balancing the national budget presents a double challenge for Labour. The first challenge is economic; the second political. For 50 of the 64 years since 1948, governments of both parties have run budget deficits. The current deficit, although larger than at any other time, is no new phenomenon. Our political culture has settled into a dangerous rut whereby governments promise more in public services than they can finance from tax revenues. This presents a challenge to our political system but particularly to Labour.

The 1960s Labour revisionists won the argument that Labour’s objectives were bound up with achieving greater equality…

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