I personally needed to read this post to understand how unemployed, poor and disabled citizens have become deliberately ‘disenfranchised’ in 21st century Britain. The possession of a vote seems to have become superfluous when we’ve seen and experienced the three main parties’ policies becoming ideologically based, corrosive of democracy and self-serving to varying degrees.
Government policies are expressed political intentions regarding how our society is organised and governed. They have calculated social and economic aims and consequences. In democratic societies, citizen’s accounts of the impacts of policies ought to matter.
However, in the UK, the way that policies are justified is being increasingly detached from their aims and consequences, partly because democratic processes and basic human rights are being disassembled or side-stepped, and partly because the government employs the widespread use of linguistic strategies and techniques of persuasion to intentionally divert us from their aims and the consequences of their ideologically (rather than rationally) driven policies. Furthermore, policies have become increasingly detached from public interests and needs.
The merits of quantitative analysis
The government have denied there is a causal link between their welfare policies, austerity measures and an increase in mental distress, premature death and suicide, however, ministers cannot deny there is a…
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