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02 April 2013

Welfare Reform: It's Class War, But Not In The Way You'd Expect

Easterhouse in Glasgow, where Iain Duncan Smith’s reforming zeal was born

 It’s among the confused middle-class warriors for welfarism. They have failed, and failed miserably, to reckon with one of the iron laws of modern politics – which is that the more reliant you are on the welfare state, the more experience you have of it and the less you love it. And by extension, the further removed you are from the welfare state, the less experience you have of it, the more you can fantasise about its virtues and grow to love it. Or at least their imaginary versions of it.

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