‘The Conservatives’ general election victory has shifted Britain’s political landscape further to the right. As the Tories enter government, critics are calling on them to prioritize the common good over blind austerity.
In the opening days of parliament, all eyes will be locked on the Conservatives’ budgetary review, set to outline the government’s strategy for reducing the deficit. As the last votes were counted on Friday, PM David Cameron confirmed the government will focus on pushing ahead with a £30bn program of cuts.
Cameron’s pledge to plough ahead with further austerity will anger campaigners, trade unionists and academics who warn of the resurgence of Victorian levels of poverty in Britain. In a climate of zero-hours contracts, social cleansing, and drastic welfare reforms, they argue further austerity will crush the welfare state and impact heavily on vulnerable members of society.’
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