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State of denial: Can any British government afford to meet its citizens’ demands?

All election talk was about a government that did big things. But are such ambitions economically credible?

By Paul Wallace   July 2017

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Dismembered: How the Attack of the State Harms Us All by Polly Toynbee and David Walker (Gaurdian/Faber, £9.99)

Amid the many known unknowns of the election result, there are two overwhelming certainties. The first is that Whitehall faces—as Gus O’Donnell describes overleaf—a daunting couple of years, with Brexit dominating its workload. The second is that both the referendum and now the general election have revealed a yearning for a more active,…

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