No return to Dark Decade
SOME councillors in Neath Port Talbot are making predictions about the county heading back to the dark days of the soup kitchen. Are they justified or scaremongering?
The soup kitchen and the hunger march are haunting images from the 1930s. The Great Depression, and the social and political consequences that saw the rise of totalitarian regimes across Europe, have led to the era being dubbed The Dark Decade or the Decade Of Shame.
There are similarities between then and now; we are in an economic crisis, and are governed by a coalition in Westminster.
But no Stalin or Hitler stalks the political landscape. Current unemployment is far from the levels of mass joblessness in the 30s.
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The councillors' predictions have been sparked, rather, by changes to benefits. They claim the UK Government is deliberately driving us back to the 30s.
The question is: why would it want to do so?