From my article at The Guardian's Comment is Free:
'The recent Social Attitudes Survey revealed that only 8% of people in this country support cuts to public spending, while 39% want increases and 50% say levels should remain the same.
Pause to consider these findings and you realise there is a gap between the ideas of most people in Britain and the political elite, since all the mainstream parties advocate cuts to varying degrees. From media coverage you would never imagine that people are thinking this way. The terms of official debate, in press and parliament, are extremely narrow, limited to discussion of exactly where the knife should be targeted or how deep it should cut into public services.'