Advancing a Free Society

To judge Britain’s experiment, hold your breath and ignore the slogans

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Returning to Britain after three months in the United States, it is nice to come back to a country where a democratically elected government, representing the majority of those who voted at the last election, can get on with doing what it has promised to do. But what if it is doing the wrong thing?

Since Wednesday 20 October, the British are not just living in Britain; we are living the British experiment. This experiment consists in setting out to cut public spending by nearly one fifth over five years, with the probable loss of half a million jobs in the public sector – and hoping that the private sector will take up the slack. Unlike Greece or Ireland, Britain did not absolutely have to make such drastic cuts.

Continue reading Timothy Garton Ash in the Guardian…