The annual study of how people’s lives are changing by the National Centre for Social Research showed that despite widespread concern over economic disparity, the public does not believe greater government intervention is justified.
Britons are increasingly looking to themselves for solutions to social problems rather than the Government, it found.
Seventy five per cent of those questioned agreed the income gap between rich and poor was too large yet only just over a third (35 per cent) believed ministers should take steps to redistribute wealth.
The British Social Attitudes survey also found that 54 per cent believed unemployment benefits were too high – up from 35 per cent in 1983 when the annual study was first carried out.
So why aren\’t we cutting unemployment pay? Hmm? Hmm?
Where is that insistence that government must do the will of the people then?
Since hitting a peak of 63 per cent nine years ago, support for tax increases to spend more on public services such as health care and education has dropped to less than a third (31 per cent) in the latest survey.
Or is democracy something that is only evoked when it points to what you already want to do?