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Austerity

The first fracture, was austerity. In 2008 the stability and predictability of British life was taken away. The word austerity was introduced to the common vanuclar. For those lives turned upside down, it was the lived experience of a government waging war on the least advantaged in society. 

Today austerity has become a forgotten word in British politics, used for a while as a political football and the rise of Jeremy Corbyn. Today Brexit has dominated the headlines and British consciousness, while austerity and hopelessness has become reality for many. Our government would use the opportunity of a banking crash as an excuse to wage war on the population, the first being the weakest and most vulnerable. Remembered now as a failed economic policy, the debt is still there and rising. The population now accepting of its effects. Zero hour contracts and in work poverty and life in Britain is fermenting as the poverty gap increases. 

 

This was the first film I made in London. I meet this group of disabled people outside Parliament who were protesting against the cuts to their independent living allowance. Their stories raise fundamental questions of, what is Britain today, who treats the weakest and most vulnerable in our society?

 

 

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