'New winter of discontent could be hard to avoid': Economic expert on the crises facing Britain

Everyone over the age of 50 remembers the year in which rubbish piled up in the streets and graves were left undug. With Boney M and Gloria Gaynor dominating the airwaves and “Superman” as the big Christmas movie, there was no one to save Jim Callaghan’s ailing government from imminent collapse in 1978–79. Those famous Conservative election posters that would soon say that Labour Isn’t Working summed it up with devastating simplicity.

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