This hurts. This almost makes me despair of politics. Why invest such emotion, such hope in what a well-intentioned new government can do, only to see it all torn from the roots and trashed at the next roll of the electoral dice? Twenty years ago, after the euphoria of victory, Labour was already at work on its anti-poverty programme. Tony Blair declared from a balcony on the Aylesbury estate in south London: “No forgotten people, no one left behind.” A Downing Street social exclusion unit created 18 taskforces to explore every hydra-headed cause, symptom and cure for poverty: debt, rents, work, mental health, domestic violence, school exclusion, rough sleeping – and sheer, brutal lack of money. Soon after, Blair astounded a roomful of economists and social researchers at Toynbee Hall by pledging to abolish child poverty in 20 years – to abolish it! This country, the EU’s near worst for deprivation, would leap to the very top, up there with Sweden? Few in that hall thought he understood what an earthquake in terms of the distribution of wealth, income and opportunity that required. Did he know what it would take for two babies born in the same hospital ward, one… Read full this story
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