These days, ‘austerity’ is a dirty word for radicals. To be radical is to be part of the anti-austerity movement, and the various campaigns against government spending cuts across Europe. Environmental campaigners embrace the terminology. In the 2015 UK elections, Green Party leader Natalie Bennett declared that the Party agenda was ‘anti-austerity’.

Anti-austerity campaigners believe that cuts in spending by many governments since the 2008 financial crash punish the wrong people. “We’re here to say austerity isn’t working,” said Green Party MP Caroline Lucas, addressing a crowd in Parliament ...


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