In my political lifetime, I have never seen a more callous or inept crew in chargeOr, in my political lifetime I have never seen a government dealt such a rotten hand, with no easy solutions, no money to spend, no joy to bring and nothing feasible to offer but misery.
Still, let's pretend that's not true eh?
Though I suppose the article might be half convincing if:
a) other countries all over the world were boosting welfare spending. In reality most are imposing far more severe cuts than the present UK government,
b) Ms Toynbee ever had a good word to say about any Tory leader still alive, and
c) the prevalence of a culture where people see others live off a multiplicity of benefits which rewards them far more than any job they have any serious prospect of holding down is truly the myth that it is widely claimed to be by all leftist social commentators (and which directly contradicts the experience of most 'normal' citizens).