There are four key messages connected with this new book on the welfare state, I suggest:
(1) the welfare state is more than the NHS,
(2) it started with radical writers well before 1948,
(3) middle class families receive state spending as much as poorer people, and (4) welfare and inequality are two sides of the same coin.
As said in The Guardian’s reviews of this new book – “Without state redistribution, inequality in Britain would no longer be on a European or even a North American scale: the gap in the UK’s private incomes would be right up at the top of the table, close to that in Chile.”
Full review of this book – http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/dec/11/good-times-bad-times-john-hills-review-welfare-state-tom-clark
Buy now for Christmas!