More Thatcherite Than Ever

Why New Labour Can Cut Benefits >>>

By Peter Taylor-Gooby, University of Kent


The U.K. government’s plans to end incapacity benefit for all but the most disabled people and make the unemployed work for their benefits are a major departure from traditional Labour policies.  It is not often recognised how far British public opinion has shifted towards a liberal individualist stance on social issues in recent years.  


Date: September 2008