When Britain’s Conservative government announced its budget on October 29, the Labour Opposition showed its authentic colors: colors that are now, after a couple of decades of social democracy, the deepest red of socialism. A moderate budget that gave a small tax cut to all workers was denounced as favoring the rich (which of course it does, as well as favoring the poor); a rise in the minimum wage was rejected as inadequate, as were changes to housing policy geared towards improving the supply of cheap homes for first-time buyers; and Labour simply ignored the uncomfortable facts that more people are working in Britain than ever before—unemployment is at a forty-year low—and growth is predicted to rise next year. As in every advanced Western society, a minority of people in Britain are poor, and members of certain minorities occasionally find it harder to obtain their due than some who are...

 

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