Great Britain: The Affluent Ex-Proletariat

"The Privileged and the People formed Two Nations," wrote Benjamin Disraeli in Sybil, a satirical novel of protest against the bitter poverty of Britain's .working class, contrasted with the comfort of the wealthy. The situation lasted through Dizzy's Victorian era and well into the 20th century. But in recent years, Tory-led prosperity, piled atop Labor's welfare state, has brought about an economic revolution beyond the Dizziest dreams of reform. A new formula for Britain's cost-of-living index, released last week by the Ministry of Labor, shows that modern Britain is One Nation. The...

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