People no longer trust one another, the state or any authority: only 35% trust others, compared with Sweden’s 70%.
So which comes first? The trust that allows a high tax high benefit society? Or the high tax high benefit society that engenders the trust?
It’s a fairly important question too. If it’s the first (which I rather suspect it is) then you cannot impose that high tax high benefit system upon a society without that necessary trust. As has been pointed out elsewhere Sweden, just as one example, is a highly conservative society socially. Much more so than this country.
It’s a bit of a bugger really isn’t it? The idea that successful social democracy depends upon the underlying attributes of the society, rather than causing or shaping them?
This is good too:
The £435m Work Programme emerges as less effective at finding jobs than doing nothing.
So let’s do nothing then, eh?