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One word first, if I can find a suitable one. (19/06/22 16:54:28)
    Brutal, perhaps. Maybe UK isn't worse than others - but I am not willing to bet on it. From what I know of history of the UK, this has centuries-deep roots, with almighty rich rulers and poor people with no power and minimal rights.

    Poverty is a punishment, but mainly for being born into a lower socioeconomic stratum.

    UK could start with the voting system for representatives to the House of Commons
    https://www.parliament.uk/about/how/elections-and-voting/voting-systems/
    "At a general or local election, voters put a cross (X) next to their preferred candidate on a ballot paper. Ballot papers are counted. The candidate with the most votes represents the constituency or ward."
    In more honest words it would be: The Winner Takes All.


    For a long-term solution a change of the voting system would be needed

    https://www.parliament.uk/site-information/glossary/proportional-representation/

    Then there could be a vocal opposition with more representative representatives.

    For the short term - sell off the properties of the Russian oligarchs and use it for selective, easy-to-administer support of the needy (not only the neediest).

    An extra tax on really high incomes (in contrast to the
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poll_tax
    instituted by Thatcher, and very much revealing her attitude towards the non-owning classes).

    My impression is that for a view of English social policies I could just reread Dickens' Oliver Twist.
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One word first, if I can find a suitable one.