That\’s democracy for you

Britain is now more Thatcherite than when Margaret Thatcher was in power, with people much less supportive of the welfare state and the redistribution of wealth than in the 1980s, according to an authoritative study of the country\’s mood.

New Labour oversaw the biggest recorded shift to the right in public attitudes on those measures, despite a surge in concern about the scale of the wealth gap between rich and poor.

Sympathy towards benefit claimants has evaporated, along with support for redistributive tax and spend policies, over the past 20 years, with Labour governing during a period of significant hardening of attitudes towards the poor, the annual results of the British Social Attitudes survey reveal.

That is what governments atre supposed to do isn\’t it?

What the voters want them to do?

4 thoughts on “That\’s democracy for you”

  1. Hardly surprising, is it?

    A lot of people (including me) voted for Blair because they believed that the problem with welfare, education and health was that we just didn’t spend enough on them.

    We’ve learnt that the result of billions spent has been marginal improvements, far less than the level to which they should have improved.

  2. What the voters want them to do?

    Isn’t the problem that voters, generally, want higher public spending on everything but foreign aid, lower taxes, and no deficits? Just because voters want something doesn’t mean that the government can give it to them, nor does it necessarily mean that the government should try.

    I’m a fan of democracy, but only on the basis that every other system of government that has been tried has worse problems.

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