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The left’s ideas for social security are either too radical or too timid

Labour’s thinking needs to enter a new middle-ground

By Andrew Harrop  

stacks of food displayed by Anti-austerity campaign organisation The People's Assembly outside Downing Street. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/PA Images

When the left talks about social security it sounds like a car being driven with no middle gears. Half the time it debates little tweaks to make Conservative policies a bit less bad and save universal credit from itself. The rest of the time it dreams of total transformation and the creation of a universal basic income paid to everyone without condition. It seems that the left can be timidly incremental…

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