Austerity : The Demolition of the Welfare State and the Rise of the Zombie Economy

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For the last five years, Britain has been under the hammer of 'Austerity'. In its name, wages have been frozen, benefits have been slashed and public spending squeezed. The pain of a financial crisis caused by bankers and speculators has been borne by ordinary people all over the country - and by the poor and disabled most of all. Yet this has not been born of necessity, argues Kerry-Anne Mendoza, better known as the blogger Scriptonite. Rather, it has been an opportunity seized upon by neoliberals to pursue their decades-long project to shrink government and put Britain's most cherished public resources - including the NHS and state schools - into private hands. Under cover of an economic emergency, the social democracy that we took for granted is being systematically dismantled and our basic freedoms are under threat. Now with new material: 10 Economic Myths, written by New Internationalist co-editors Dinyar Godrej and David Ransom.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 137 x 211 x 18mm | 249g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1780262469
  • 9781780262468
  • 223,563

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"Please read this book. In an age of cynicism, disinformation, sloppy journalism and despair, this is a joy - a heart-breaking, well-informed, intelligent and important joy. Read this book and tell anyone else you meet to read this book. It could help to save us all" -AL Kennedy, writer & performer; "Quite simply one of the most definitive pieces on the current state of the UK. If you aren't angered or shocked by it, you haven't understood." -Amazon 5 star review; "Everyone should read this. Thoroughly researched, clearly reasoned explanation of why the country is in the state it is in." -Amazon 5 star review
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About Kerry-anne Mendoza

Kerry-anne Mendoza is a writer, blogger and activist. She is the author of the Scriptonite Daily blog which explores matters of current affairs, politics, economics and ideas. She is also a contributor to New Internationalist, openDemocracy, Trebuchet Magazine, the Occupy News Network and others. She left her career as a Management Consultant having held senior positions in banking, local government and the NHS to be part of the Occupy Movement and has since worked as a writer and campaigner for social, economic and environmental justice.
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