Illness, obesity, racism; who gets blamed for our crises? The poor of course

Rather than admit to its own failings during the Covid-19 outbreak, the government is vilifying those least able to defend themselves

Kenan Malik
Comment & Analysis


The role of government, the US political scientist Lawrence Mead wrote in his 1986 book Beyond Entitlement, is to “persuade [people] to blame themselves”. Mead is the godfather of workfare (schemes that make welfare benefits conditional on the...

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