Niall Ferguson brings Beveridge to 2012 Reith Lectures

In the last of the 2012 Reith Lectures, historian Niall Ferguson shared his thoughts on the Beveridge Legacy.   Key quote:*

“The effects of the welfare state as it expanded its scope, as it offered security from the cradle to the grave were in many respects quite unintended. I do not think that Beveridge envisaged the sink estates of Central Scotland, the North of England, the East End of London when devising the welfare state during World War II. And we have to recognise the extent of the failure.”

Do you agree with Ferguson?  What is the extent of the failure?  And what can do about it?

* You can hear the whole lecture, and find a transcript, here

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