For citizens across Europe, poverty and inequality have become as commonplace as they are unbearable. Poor quality jobs and massive austerity-led budget cuts are part of everyday life. In Spain, more than 50% of people under 30 are unemployed. In many European countries even those with jobs struggle to pay the rent, and the UK is no exception.
These facts have given rise to the conversations we have all had, at home, over coffee or in the pub, about how bad politicians are and how bad politics has got. The establishment has less ability to generate consensus than ever. There is an increasing social majority that feels disaffected with democracy, and a widespread feeling that the old-fashioned politicians have become an elite who just care about keeping their privileged jobs.… Seguir leyendo »