Austerity has hampered our ability to imagine a better future

Rebecca Coleman in The Conversation writes:

“In the UK and other parts of the Western world, the notion that we are progressing towards a better future has been a consistent, if not entirely uninterrupted, ideal. But in recent years, this idea seems to be changing and it doesn’t bode well for a future that’s more socially equal.

The combination of the global financial crisis, the emergence of rival economies, particularly in Asia, and the increasingly significant threat of climate change has resulted in people questioning whether the future will necessarily be better.

Even as our economies seem to be recovering and we move out of recession, the experience of the last few years, the financial crisis and the enduring legacy of austerity policy cannot be erased.”

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