Who caused this Crisis? Not Immigrants, Not Unions, Not “Scroungers”
By Michael Burke
Previously Published by Socialist Economic Bulletin
A crisis is an objective fact to which there can essentially be only two responses. The cause can be identified and addressed, or some other explanation can be advanced which effectively shifts the blame for the crisis elsewhere. The government and the supporters of austerity are increasingly bent on the second course.
A succession of scapegoats have been offered for the crisis, including perniciously both immigrants and ‘scroungers’, and now unions. However, as these cannot begin to provide an economic explanation for the crisis, the supporters of austerity also persistently claim that the cause of the current crisis is weak exports, effectively blaming foreigners for the British crisis.
The reality is very different. The chart below shows the trend of total domestic expenditure in the course of the present slump. This…
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