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How Britain has changed since 1997

Prospect digs deep into the data to show how life in Britain has been transformed—for better and worse—since Labour took power 13 years ago

By Tom Chatfield   May 2010

The changing face of Britain

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Richer, fatter, living longer, more indebted, drunker, better connected, politically disillusioned: there’s no metric that can describe whether we are happier or living better lives after 13 years of Labour. But there are plenty to show how we have changed during a period of fulsome spending, borrowing and technological transformation. Take health. Where innovation and cash have most force—such as in treating circulatory diseases or reducing waiting lists—mortality has declined significantly. Elsewhere, however, lifestyles…

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