The assault on universalism: how to destroy the welfare state. BMJ Christmas 2011.

BMJ front coverMartin McKee and David Stuckler watch aghast as American examples are followed to destroy the European model of the welfare state.

Christmas is a time to count our blessings, reflecting how they came to be. For people living in England this reflection is more relevant than ever, as the coalition government paves the way for the demise of the welfare state. This statement will be seen by many as reckless scaremongering. The welfare state, not only in Britain but also throughout western Europe, has proved extremely resilient. How could any government bring about such a fundamental change? Read more.

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