Sophie Smith

The Rise and Fall of the Welfare State

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Asbjørn Wahl

Asbjørn Wahl's book begins with the life story of a Norwegian woman called Jane. Injured while working in a shipyard and now a victim of workfare policies in Norway, she was left humiliated at having to "prove" her problems and struggle on a disability pension despite decades of employment.

Wahl goes on to debunk the Nordic model of the welfare state, so often lauded by the left. He likens Norway's primary position in the "international league table" to being on the top deck of a sinking ship - leaving the UK pretty much already underwater.

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