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4.0 out of 5 stars Specialised, thorough, thought-provoking - but who is listening?, 7 Aug. 2013
This review is from: Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea (Hardcover)
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Thrift was a virtue encouraged by both my parents, they led by example. As a family, we - like most of our friends and neighbours - recycled most things long before it was a fashionable idea. The paper bags provided by shops were stored in the 'bag bag' to be re-used. My sister's clothes, once outgrown, were unpicked and remade in a different style to fit me. Bread, cakes, pies, soups, etc. were home-made, wholesome and nutritious. The idea, then, that austerity is dangerous did not fit with my preconceived ideas. Aware that the book was aimed at the specialist as well as a more general market, I approached it from a sense of duty but with trepidation. By page 3 of the preface, I knew I would stick it out to the end, thanks to a shared belief in the value of the key principles of the Welfare State - the vulnerable should not be homeless, hungry, hurt, cold or uneducated, or denied essential medical aid on financial grounds.
Reading the whole book shows the government's belief in austerity as a way to get the country (and its long-suffering workers) to a better financial position is false. I cannot put it as well as Mark Blyth does - for the details of the case, read the book. I wish I could compel our leaders to do so.
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