To a degree, a spirit of voluntarism materialized. At public libraries, volunteers now outnumber paid staff. In struggling communities, residents have formed food banks while distributing hand-me-down school uniforms. But to many in Britain, this is akin to setting your house on fire and then reveling in the community spirit as neighbors come running to help extinguish the blaze.
I’ve heard the policy side of that described here in the UK as “setting your house on fire then fighting about who will put it out by throwing less petrol on it.”
From Canada, but I think it’s relevant. (Hell, it’s relevant everywhere!):
Austerity totally works. Just not for the 99%.
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