In their rush to save the economy, politicians forget about the people, and the gulf widens between rich and poor
Pensioners and parents are being forced into poverty. Who will be their champion?
7:52PM GMT 05 Dec 2011
At the height of the American Civil War, Abraham Lincoln stood in a soldiers’ graveyard and promised the United States that the “government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth”. Almost 150 years later, that democratic dream looks more perishable by the day.
While George Osborne’s Autumn Statement is not to be compared to the Gettysburg Address, it offered the polar opposite of Lincoln’s pledge. Government of the markets, by the markets, for the markets is the unspoken mantra of the moment, in Britain and in Europe, where leaders have until Friday to save the euro. Whatever form of fiscal union is cobbled together will certainly not be democratic.
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