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Public services are the canary in the British political coalmine—the Tories should take note

In the wake of Grenfell, confidence in public services could fall. That poses a challenge for both the Tories... and Jeremy Corbyn

By Liam Booth-Smith  

Satisfaction in public services is an important early warning signal of impending political trouble.

According to data from pollsters Ipsos Mori the British people’s satisfaction in public services went up between 2014 and 2016. With 2015’s sentiment-eroding general election—widely remarked upon as one of the most negative campaigns in recent history—one might expect this not to be the case.

We should not be surprised, however. One of the most interesting aspects of recent governments’ public spending policies is how resilient satisfaction with public services has been. The Institute for…

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