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It seems that pommy bastards don’t like bludgers anymore.

THE British are drifting to the right. The British Social Attitudes (BSA) survey published on September 17th revealed growing scepticism of the welfare safety net. During the early 1990s recession under a third of Britons thought unemployment benefits discouraged work; in 2011 almost two-thirds did (see chart).

Britons are harder-hearted than most. The 2008 European Social Survey found that 65% of them thought benefits make people lazy, compared to 39% of Germans and 47% of the French. And attitudes have stiffened since: support for spending on the disabled and the retired has dropped significantly in the past three years. The BSA survey did record a slight increase in support for higher government spending between 2010 and 2011. But, as Peter Kellner of YouGov, a polling firm, argues, this may be politically cyclical. Its rise is to be expected under a Conservative-led government.

Empathy tends to curdle in bad times. But support for welfare and redistribution started to slip before the recession. J


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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